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Show the Faith 



Showing Accepting Faith 

James 2:1 — My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glo- 
rious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. 

The second of several articles on the 1991 Gen- 
eral Conference theme, by Moderator James Sluss. 



THE WORDS prejudice, discrimina- 
tion, partiality, and favoritism carry 
negative connotations in the world com- 
munity. They reflect the acts and at- 
titudes which so often have been 
destructive forces in our world. Such 
words, likewise, often characterize the 
actions and attitudes which have dis- 
rupted the Christian community of faith. 

It is an outright contradiction to be a 
believer, resting one's faith in Jesus 
Christ, and yet show favoritism, par- 
tiality, prejudice, and discrimination in 
the Household of Faith. 

The Brethren have been bold to p>oint 
out that part of our genius has been our 
acceptance of one another. We are quick 
to point out the warm friendship of 
church fellowship. This is how we wish 
to be known. 

Our strength becomes our weakness 

It would seem, however, that at times 
our strong quality becomes our weak 
quality. We have often been guilty of 
allowing our strong acceptance of per- 
sons in the faith to succumb to that of 
Christian rising up against Christian. 

Our close Christian fellowship en- 
ables us to really come to know our 
brothers and sisters in the faith, includ- 
ing their strengths and weaknesses, their 
purities and their blemishes. In light of 
this knowledge we are prone to become 
partial toward our brother or sister, 
judging that person on the basis of what 
we know about his or her past and 
present rather than on what that person 
will become in the future in his or her 
continued formation in Christ. 

We are prone to become partial 
toward others based on our assessment 
of their abundance or lack of posses- 
sions, their education, position, talent, 
age, race, or ethnic background. While 
we may not always demonstrate our 
prejudices toward our brother or sister 
in word or action, they are often 
revealed by our attitudes expressed in 
what we call body language. 



On the surface we are perceived as 
accepting, but underneath we are reject- 
ing our brother and the vibrations are 
felt. This attitude then becomes like a 
cancer, eating away at the life of the 
Body of Faith. James insists that this 
cannot be. 

The gospel is the great equalizer. If 
our faith rests in the glorious Christ, the 
test of our faith is the manner in which 



we treat other persons. When we focus 
on Christ properly, we focus properly 
on one another. The Apostle Paul en- 
courages us to ". . . accept one another, 
just as Christ also accepted us to the 
glory of God" (Rom. 15:7) 

Our relationship with one another in 
the body of faith stands as a test of our 
faith in our glorious Jesus Christ. Breth- 
ren, let's SHOW THE FAITH! [t] 



Defining Our Priorities 

First in a series of articles highlighting the goals for local 
churches recommended by General Conference. 



Goal 8 — Communication: No 
later than February 1, 1991, provide 
the names and addresses of all 
present and prospective members 
and participating friends of your con- 
gregation to the National Office to 
receive periodic mailings. 

Many of us are hesitant to give our 
name and address to other organiza- 
tions. It is so common for groups to 
"hound" us with mailings or phone 
calls ... or even worse, to sell their 
mailing lists to other organizations. 
Because some churches may be 
hesitant to release their lists of mem- 
bers and friends to The Brethren 
Church National Office, it is ap- 
propriate for us to tell you how the 
names and addresses will be used. 

As stated in the goal title, this goal 
is aimed at increasing communication 
of information within The Brethren 
Church. Many Brethren like yourself 
are subscribers to The Brethren Evan- 
gelist and regularly receive information 
on the national and world-wide mini- 
stries of The Brethren Church. Others 
receive Insight into Brethren Missions. 
Still others receive the Woman's Out- 
lool< Newsletter. Unfortunately, many 
Brethren receive no information about 
Brethren Church ministries beyond 
what they hear in their local church. 
We believe that as Brethren people 
are more broadly aware of their 
church's ministries, they will be more 



faithful in prayer and in financial sup- 
port. 

Here is how we intend to use the 
lists of members and friends submitted 
to us: 

1 . We will send at least one issue of 
The Brethren Evangelist (probably the 
May issue) to each Brethren 
household. 

2. The Missionary Board will 
regularly send Insight to each 
household. 

3. When new churches are being 
started, address files of Brethren 
people living in the vicinity of the new 
church will be reviewed for families 
who may help form a nucleus. 

4. Additional informational mailings 
are under consideration. 

At no time will these mailing lists be 
sold to groups outside The Brethren 
Church. In the event that informational 
mailings result in gifts to denomina- 
tional ministries, these gifts will be 
credited as support from the ap- 
propriate local church where possible. 
To help Brethren churches meet 
this goal, each congregation will soon 
receive a printout of existing names 
and addresses in the National Offices 
files for updating. 

We appreciate your cooperation in 
this major venture on behalf of all 
Brethren people. 

— Ronald W. Waters, Director of 
Brethren Church Ministries 



The Brethren Evangelist 




Furr^erburg Lilxary 

MANCHESTER COLLEGE 

North Umc'nQ^oJtr, IN 46962 



January 1991 
Volume 113, Number 1 



The Brethren Evangelist 

(ISSN 0747-4288) 

Editor 

Richard C. Winfield 

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John Maust 

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Member: Evangelical 
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January 1991 



Press 



Features 

Showing Accepting Faith by James Sluss 2 

The second of several articles on the 1991 General Conference theme, by 

Moderator James Sluss. 

Defining Our Priorities by Ronald W. Waters 2 

This first article in a series on the General Conference goals for local 

chiirches highlights Goal 8, Conmiunication. 

Discipleship: Retrospect, Introspect, Prospect by Phil Lersch 4 

Suggestions for discerning who we are, who we want to be, and what 

we are and are not doing for the work of Christ's Kingdom. 

In Word and Deed: Frustrated Evangelism by Patrick Velanzon 7 

First in a series of articles sharing innovative ways Brethren are 

reaching out to the unsaved and the uncommitted. 

What is a Good Hymn? by E. James Bos 8 

Criteria for choosing hymns that enable us to worship God with voice, 

mind, and will. 

Following Jesus' Model of Stewardship by Larry R. Baker 9 

A examination of principles in the Life of Jesus that would help all 

Christians be good stewards. 

Load-Bearing Christians by John Shultz 11 

Authentic disciples are people who carry their own load while helping 

others with their overload. 

Ministry Pages Ashland Theological Seminary 

A Place for . . . Prayer by Frederick J. Finks 14 

A Place for . . . Learning by Frederick J. Finks 15 

A Place for . . . Grow^th by Frederick J. Finks 16 

Departments 

Update 18 

Children's Page fey Erica Weidenhamer 21 

From the Grape Vine 23 

About This Issue 

With this first issue of 1991, two new features are being introduced: (1) "In 
Word and Deed," a series of articles sharing ways Brethren are reaching out 
to the unsaved and the uncommitted, sponsored by the Evangelism and 
Church GroM^h Commission of The Brethren Chvirch; and (2) "Defining Our 
Priorities," a series of Eirticles highlighting the goals for local churches recom- 
mended by General Conference. To help make room for these new featiares, 
"The Salt Shaker," the witty column by Dr. Alvin Shifflett that has appeared 
in the Evangelist for a number of years, is being discontinued. The editor 
wishes to express publicly his deep appreciation to Dr. Shifflett for both enter- 
taining and chiding us so faithfully in this column for the past several years. 

Answ^ers to Little Crusader Page: 

A Coded Message: "Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his 
going forth is sure as the dawTi . . ." Hosea 6:3. 



DISCIPLESHIP 



Introspect 




Retrospect 




TRADITIONALLY, because 
January is named after the 
two-faced Roman god Janus, who 
was "guardian of portals and 
patron of beginnings and endings," 
the start of a new year is the time 
for looking back and evaluating 
the past — and also of determining 
better intentions for the future. 
These are good endeavors, well 
worth pursuing. 

But a three-part process with 
regard to DISCIPLESHIP, as sug- 
gested by the title above, will have 
even greater value. Along with the 
evaluation backward and before 
determining our forward inten- 
tions, we need to add a serious ex- 
amination of our current personal 
discipleship attitudes and prac- 
tices. Hence, my three-point out- 
line: 

I. Ret-ro-spect — a looking back on 
or thinking about things past; 
contemplation of the past. 

When it comes to DISCIPLE- 
SHIP, we Brethren have much to 
recall from the past 17 months: 

At the 1989 General Conference 
held in North Manchester, the 
year-long emphasis on the "Lord- 
ship of Christ" theme was cul- 
minated and the "Be Authentic 
Disciples" theme was initiated. 
Among other things. Moderator 
Ken Sullivan quoted Charles Colson, 
who wrote, "Maturing faith ... is 
not just knowledge, but knowledge 
acted upon. It is not just belief, but 

Rev. Lersch is a Brethren pastor and 
a member of the Brethren House Team 
of St. Petersburg, Fla. 




By Phil Lersch 

belief lived out — practiced." 

At the same Conference, inspira- 
tional speaker Dr. John Perkins 
challenged us with these truths 
(and many more): 

Following Jesus is to have His 
mind and be His replacement here on 
earth. [And,] Concern for the poor and 
integrity of living are how we can 
know we are following Jesus. 

We are called to be a community 
people. We have the responsibility to 
reflect God in the world .... If you 
don't believe in reconciliation, you 
don't understand the gospel. 

The New Testament concept of 
evangelism is people who are lost 
asking people who are saved, "What 
must I do to be like you?" 

Throughout the year that fol- 
lowed. Moderator Mary Ellen 
Drushal presented four dimensions 
of Authentic Discipleship in the 
EVANGELIST: 

(1) LOVE CHRIST, in ways that 
lead to our divine purpose of fruit- 
bearing. (Remember the injured duck 
at Mifflin Lake?) 

(2) OBEY CHRIST, which results 
in joyful servanthood and ultimate 
friendship with Him. (Remember the 
tree swing that got cut down?) 

(3) SERVE CHRIST, by tending to 
the outcasts, the foster children, the 
hungry, the widowed, and to sirmers 
one and all. (Remember the little boy 
in the restaurant, "Mom, that waitress 
thinks I'm real!"?) 

(4) SUFFER FOR CHRIST, which 
may frequently result in being 
misunderstood. (Remember the fourth 
grade arithmetic/fractions test?) 

Then came General Conference 
1990 — with five discipleship ad- 



dresses and a panel (and these 
messages are appearing regularly 
in the EVANGELIST now): 

Richard Allison stressed learning 
about Kingdom work from facts, ex- 
perience, and another person. Becom- 
ing a disciple after the example of 
Jesus, as presented in the four gospels, 
involves Belief (John), Detachment 
and Submission (Luke/Acts), 
Obedience (Matthew), and Following 
(Mark). 

Ben Witherington maintained that 
we have as many opportunities to 
serve Christ as did the Apostle Paul. 
How we react indicates whether we 
have eternal treasures in earthen ves- 
sels. He called us to be visible and 
vulnerable. 

David Baker cited the discipleship 
Training of Moses, Joshua, Nehe- 
miah, Elijah, Elisha. Pastors have the 
responsibility to equip, not entertain, 
the saints — and form, not just in- 
form, the laity. Laity should have a 
desire and seek to be equipped. 

John Shultz claimed that disci- 
pleship involves load-bearing. This 
will require Christ-like behavior that 
restores and mends the overloaded, 
and humble attitudes that invite assist- 
ance from others. 

Mary Ellen Drushal, concluding 
the year-long emphasis on Authentic 
Discipleship, reminded us to Love the 
Lord, Obey His Voice, and Hold Fast 
to Him — which requires spiritual 
fonnation, reliability, credibility, in- 
timacy, being significant to others, en- 
couragement . . . and much more. But 
the result is abundant living! 

The preceding is just a sampling 
of what we have heard and read 
about discipleship in recent 

The Brethren Evangelist 



*What kind of person do I want to be in a few more i;ears as a servant 
worker in Christ*s Kingdom? What would be required for me to arrive 
at that point? What is the first step toward getting there?** 



months. We don't lack for informa- 
tion. And looking back, even 
though just briefly, is a refresher 
course to recall some of the ideas 
conveyed during this segment of 
our personal and denominational 
history. 

II. In-tro-spect — to look Into one's 
own mind and feelings; to an- 
alyze one's self. 

We've experienced this almost- 
two-year emphasis on discipleship. 
Now it's time to ask, "How are we 
— How am I — doing now?" Not 
the first time you've asked yourself 
this, I know. Or is it? Regardless, 
it's always appropriate to pause 
and evaluate — so that any needed 
adjustments might be made to 
keep each life vessel on the desired 
course. 

So, let's ask — slowly . . . 

Am I following through on what I 
claim my faith in Christ means to me? 
How? 

In what ways is the quality of my 
life different from what it would be if 
I were not concerned about being a 
maturing disciple? 

Is the transformation I profess evi- 
dent to both casual and intimate ac- 
quaintances? 

In routine daily decisions, how 
could I improve the way I use my 
time ? 

What changes are needed in how I 
spend my money — to please God and 
verify my belief that God is the owner 
of all the possessions I manage ? 

What determines what I think about 
most of the time? Am I pleased with 
what stimulates my thoughts? 

Is my behavior, especially under 
pressure, consistent with what I know 
to be the desired reaction of spirit- 
filled disciples? What changes would 
he appropriate and possible for me ? 

What would be helpful to increase 
my belief in God and faith/trust in 
Christ? 

What kind of person do I want to be 
in a few more years as a servant 
worker in Christ's Kingdom? What 
would be required for me to arrive at 

January 1991 



that point? What is the first step 
toward getting there? 

As an authentic disciple, devoted to 
living out the whole gospel, who and 
what should I be concerned about day 
after day? 

What are the primary influences 
that challenge me in this whole realm 
of CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP? 

In response to this last question, 
and related to several of the 
others, I share the following. Those 
of us on the Discipleship Panel at 
last year's General Conference 
were asked several questions be- 
forehand by panel moderator Ron 
Waters. Among them were these 
two: "Who has modeled for you 
what it means to be an authentic 
disciple? What have you learned 
specifically from this person?" 

Models of authentic discipleship 

Several came to mind and I 
couldn't narrow it down to just 
one. Some were in The Brethren 
Church, but I bj^passed them for I 
was sure I would inadvertently 
leave someone out. And peirticular- 
ly in the realm of DISCIPLESHIP, 
I am very thankful to be aware of 
some giants of the faith elsewhere. 
So I could easily name . . . 

Gordon Cosby (founding pastor 
of the Church of the Savior and 
Jubilee Ministries in Washington, 
D.C.) 

Millard Fuller (executive director 
of Habitat for Humanity) 

M.R. Zigler (peace advocate for 
many years in the Church of the 
Brethren) 

Mother Teresa (Sisters of Charity 
in Calcutta, India) 

Harry Denman* (United Methodist 
layman who headed their Board of 
Evangelism for many years) 

Ron Sider* (executive director of 
Evangelicals for Social Action) 

John Perkins* (founder of Voice 
of Calvary Ministries in Mississippi) 

It's difficult to condense what I 

'These 3 have been speakers at our 
Brethren General Conference. 



have learned from people like 
these. But on the panel I stated 
that these two things have chal- 
lenged me: (1) Each of these people 
has demonstrated a mature ex- 
pression of his or her faith in Jesus 
Christ; and (2) they all have given 
evidence of a combined and 
balanced emphasis on both evan- 
gelism and social responsibility in 
their lives and ministries. 

To be more specific, these truths 
emerge from their lifestyles and 
teachings: 

(1) Christian disciples are detached 
from the world 's value systems. Goals 
for seeking success and purpose in life 
are not based on material possessions, 
higher income, bigness, popularity, or 
prestige. Solutions to world problems 
are not attempted with military threats 
and power. These pursuits reflect the 
world's value systems. Disciples of 
Christ pursue such Christ-motivated 
virtues as servanthood, humility, in- 
tegrity, love, patience, forgiveness, 
reconciliation, and a deep desire 
(above all else) to be faithful to what 
God wants us to do with our lives and 
resources. 

(2) Christian disciples actively min- 
ister to the poor. In fact, some have 
said that every one of us, as disciples 
of Christ, should intentionally develop 
a close, personal relationship with 
someone who is poor or disad- 
vantaged. Good idea! It will help to 
keep us on track about our life's 
priorities and sensitize us to the 
realities, needs, and frustrations of 
mere existence for those less fortunate 
than we. 

(3) Christian disciples take risks to 
give their convictions integrity. There 
is a certain degree of peace and 
serenity that comes when disciples 
live within God's will for them — be- 
cause they know "it's the right thing 
to do." And God blesses that. But just 
as surely, there is dissatisfaction, con- 
flict, and turmoil — because genuine 
disciples are in contact with people 
and situations where things are not 
good, not right, out of joint, and dis- 
astrous. When disciples attempt to be 
involved as Christ's representatives in 
these situations, although there are 
many rewards, there are also some 



^Whatever it takes, now is another appropriate time for us to become 
instrospective and to discern . . . who we are, who we want to he, and 
what we are or are not doing for the work of Christ*s Kingdom/* 



risks — of being misunderstood, of 
encountering more demands than ex- 
pected, of possible failure! But still 
disciples do it — in response to the 
call of Christ. 

(4) Christian discipleship is based 
upon a vital inward journey. All of 
the outreach in discipleship springs 
from a vital devotional life and in- 
timate familiarity with who God is, 
the person and teachings and ministry 
of Jesus, major biblical themes, the 
presence of the Holy Spirit, and self- 
identity as a child of God. This aware- 
ness then impacts every dimension of 
a disciple's thoughts and life . . . and 
living beyond one's self results. 

Such people and reminders as 
the above prompt self-examination 
and offer challenges. You will have 
other such sources of inspiration. 
Whatever it takes, now is another 
appropriate time for us to become 
introspective and to discern at this 
point in our lives who we are, who 
we want to be, and what we are or 
are not doing for the work of 
Christ's Kingdom. 

III. Pros-pect — a looking forward to 
something; anticipation; some- 
thing hoped for or expected. 

Having looked at the past and 
evaluated our present, now what 
about the future — denomination- 
ally and personally? Limited space 
prohibits much detail, but here are 
suggestions in two categories — 
again, in response to some ques- 
tions posed to us as panel mem- 
bers at General Conference. 

Denominationally: One key is 

"exposure." National and district 
officials can continue or initiate 
endeavors that will inform, enrich, 
inspire, and challenge us to deal 
with discipleship conscientiously: 

Promote reading that presents new 
ideas. 

Plan retreat programs with sub- 
stance. 

Design experiences through which 
we encounter poor and homeless 
people. 

Emphasize the development of a 
believer's inner life. 



Local church leaders can en- 
courage life evaluations: Are you 
doing what God and you want done 
with your life? What can you stop 
doing now so that you have time 
and energy and money to assume 
another, more important respon- 
sibility or calling? Are you who you 
want to be and where you want to 
be in your spiritual formation? If 
not, how will you get there? 

The decisions about involvement 
will be ours. No person or program 
can make us be better disciples. 
But being constantly aware of 
some opportunities for growth and 
maturing will produce results over 
a period of time. 

Personal decisions 

Personally: Decisions. Deci- 
sions. Decisions. Too many deci- 
sions — and quite a few have been 
suggested above. That's what gets 
some people down. But decisions 
that lead to commitment dare not 
be eliminated when a disciple con- 
templates the future. 

Some churches require their 
members to decide annually if they 
want to continue their member- 
ship for another year and what 
their commitments will be (e.g. 
Church of the Savior in Wash- 
ington, D.C.). Not many congrega- 
tions would tolerate that policy. 
But one of the reasons churches 
are not stronger is that specific 
commitments are minimal by 
members an^/or attenders. 

I don't believe that everyone 
should be required to make the 
same commitments. God calls us 
in different ways to different tasks 
at different times. But it would be 
a significant step forward, both for 
individuals and the church body, if 
intentions for each coming year 
were specified. That's why I share 
with you a listing distributed 
recently by Pastor Arden Gilmer 
and the staff at Park Street 
Brethren Church in Ashland 
(adapted and used by permission). 
What would your responses be to 
the following? 



My Involvements for 1991 

(1) My Goals for Spiritual Growth — 
i.e., goals to help me deepen my per- 
sonal relationship with God through 
developing my devotional life (Bible 
reading, prayer, and other spiritual ex- 
ercises). 



(2) My Sunday Attendance Goal ~ 
i.e., the number of Sundays I will at- 
tend services in 1991. 

(3) My "Christian Love" Goal — i.e., 
the number of people with whom I will 
intentionally share the love of Christ in 
1991 and specific ways in which I will 
do it. 



(4) My specific goals for using my 
Spiritual Gifts(s) and Abilities in the 
coming year through the ministry of 
this church. 



(5) My Time Per Week — i.e.. How 
much time will I give to some aspect 
of ministry in and through this church 
beyond attending worship services? 



(6) My Financial Giving Goal in 1991, 



(7) I would like to be involved in the 
following activities/programs at the 
church during the coming year: 



Name 



Address: 



Retrospect 



Introspect 



Prospect. 



The next move is yours .... 

.... and mine! [j] 



The Brethren Evangeust 




FRUSTRATED EVANGELISM 



By Patrick Velanzon 



As a newly-elected member of 
the Evangelism, and Church 
Growth Commission of The Breth- 
ren Church, I was looking forward 
to our first meeting, held October 
6, 1990. I was confident that by the 
end of this meeting, we would have 
identified the problems and dis- 
covered a solution to the lack of 
evangelism and growth in The 
Brethren Church. By the time the 
meeting was four hours old, I knew 
my expectations were simplistic 
and naive. 

Realizing that we could not 
tackle the whole undertaking at 
once, we began to focus on our own 
purpose as a commission, which is 
"to burden, stimulate, and equip 
Brethren people to share the Good 
News of Jesus Christ through both 
words and actions in obedience to 
His Word." Toward this end we 
decided to write articles for the 

Evangelist and I was "allowed" to 

go first. 

In 1983 I attended a TOUCH 
Ministries seminar presented by 
Dr. Ralph Neighbour. The seminar 
was excellent, and I learned many 
good things. But the total concept 
did not seem quite right for the 
Bethlehem Brethren Church at 
that timie. One suggestion that 
particularly appealed to me was 
that I, as a pastor, should have a 
group of non-Christian friends — 
that I should not just stay inside 
the church surrounded by Chris- 
tians. The purpose, of course, was 
eventually to be able to share with 
these friends "the reason for the 
hope that is within mie." 

I am a hunter and I had a few 

Rev. Velanzon is pastor of the Beth- 
lehem Brethren Church, Harrisonburg, 
Virginia. 

January 1991 



hunting buddies and pre-Christian 
men with whom I already spent 
some time. I began to invite them 
to church (as any "good" pastor 
would) and continued my invita- 
tions for four or five years. 

During the 1989 hunting season 
I was helping these men skin a 
bear, which one of them had killed. 
It seemed like a good opportunity 
— with all of us there together — 
to again invite them to church. 
Perhaps they would consider the 
favor I was doing them by helping 
skin the bear and decide to do me 
the favor of attending church. 
Wrong! 

One of them snapped, "If you 
had something around here, we 
would come." (Bethlehem was 
about 16 miles away.) This com- 
ment stayed in my mind, and I 
prayed that the Lord would help 
me reach these men. I began to 
feel led to have an informal Bible 
study early Sunday morning, one 
that would be "around here." 

I consulted my church moder- 
ator, Mark Logan, who prayed 
with me about a place to meet. A 
location opened up, then fell 
through. We continued to pray, 
and finally we secured a picnic 
shelter on private land. 

Encouraged by the prayers of 
Mark and many others, I picked 
a target date on which to begin. I 
approached the man who had 
snapped, "If you had something 
around here, we would come." I 
told him about the Bible study, 
and he said he would come. I told 
the second man that the first one 
was coming, and he agreed to come 
too. Five men in all said "Yes," and 
I sent them letters telling them 
what, where, and when. 

We began in June 1990 with five 



■^In word and deed'' is a new 

monthly feature in the Evangeust. 
It is sponsored by The Brethren 
Church Evangelism and Church 
Growth Commission as a way of 
sharing innovative ways Brethren 
churches are reaching out to those 

(1) who have not yet accepted Jesus 
Christ as their saving Lord and/or 

(2) who are not affiliated with 
another church in their community. 

How is your church sharing the 
good news of Jesus Christ? We'd 
like to feature a ministry of your 
church in an upcoming column. For 
more information, contact Ronald 
W. Waters in the National Office 
(419-289-1708). 



men and one woman, and we have 
been meeting ever since. There are 
now 12 regular attenders (16 was 
the high), and with the arrival of 
cold weather, we have moved to 
one of their homes. I taught the 
Gospel of John first and concluded 
by sharing the Four Spiritual 
Laws tract. There were three first- 
time decisions and four recommit- 
ments. They are considering 
becoming a class and possibly a fu- 
ture Brethren church. 

Evangelism happens in many 
ways, not all of them fast. These 
conversions took more than five 
years and much prayer. Therefore 
we need to remember the Apostle 
Paul's advice: "Let us not become 
weary in doing good, for at the 
proper time we will reap a harvest 
if we do not give up" (Gal. 6:9). 

Thank you for allowing me to 
share the good result that came of 
my "frustrations." I want to thank 
the Bethelehem Brethren Church 
as well for supporting this out- 
reach ministry. [f] 




What Is 
A Good Hymn? 



THE SINGING OF HYMNS is one 
of the most important, yet most 
neglected areas in the life of many 
believers. Hymns are opportunities for 
us to express our worship to God. They 
help us to focus our attention on our 
unworthiness and His "worth-ship." 
Hymns not only prepare us for worship 
— they are worship. Hymns teach and 
reinforce spiritual truth and remind us of 
our responsibility to commit our lives 
totally to God. 

In the hope that better understanding 
of hymns will produce better participa- 
tion in singing them, let us examine 
some criteria of a good hymn. 

A Good Hymn is God-Centered 
in Focus 

A good hymn is more objective than 
subjective. It focuses more attention on 
God and on Jesus Christ than on man. 
When subjectivity is present (as it 
should be at times) that aspect should 
remain subordinate to the ultimate pur- 
pose of the glory of God. 

The best hymns are not introspective, 
magnifying man's problems, but rather 
they magnify God's person. They may 
refer to man's sinful condition, but only 
as a contrast to God's mercy and grace. 
They deal with His worthiness, His 
majesty. His holiness. His wisdom, 

Mr. Bos is Chairman of the Department of 
Music Ministries at Washington Bible Col- 
lege, Lanham, Md. He also directs the Col- 
lege Choir and serves as Director of Music 
Ministries at Forcey Memorial Church in 
Silver Spring, Md. 

This article originally appeared in Reflec- 
tions magazine, a publication of Washington 
Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary. It is 
being reprinted here at the request of the 
Worship Commission of The Brethren 
Church and with the permission of Reflec- 
tions magazine. 



'^Whether we realize 

it or not, our beliefs 

and our concept of 

God are being shaped 

by what we sing. ^' 



power, and truth. Hymns reflect who 
God is and what He has done; His 
mighty work of creation. His provision 
of redemption in Jesus Christ, and all 
that He continues to do in and through 
the believer. Thus, we have hymns of 
admonition, confession, meditation, as- 
surance, comfort, and consecration. 
Hymns should lead us to God and not 
leave us contemplating our problems. 
Hymns should elevate our thoughts and 
help us view our circumstances from 
God's perspective. In order to ac- 
complish this, personal experience must 
be subjected to biblical truth. The songs 
we sing should be selected not only for 
the emotional effect they produce but 
also for the message they deliver and 
the challenge they present. 

A Good Hymn is Biblical in 
Content 

The message of a hymn must be bibli- 
cally accurate and substantial in content. 
Believers need solid spiritual food in 
order to grow; this must be consistently 
available to them not only in preaching 
and teaching but also in the hymns that 
are selected and sung. The Word of God 
speaks directly to this in Colossians 
3:16. We are commanded to "let the 
Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all 
wisdom, teaching and admonishing one 
another in psalms and hymns and 
spiritual songs, singing with grace in 
your heart to the Lord." If true teaching 



By E. James Bos 

and admonishing is to be accomplished 
through our singing, we must thorough- 
ly examine the content of our hymns as 
to their biblical content, leaving out 
those that are theologically inaccurate, 
sentimentally shallow, or misleading. 
We must be as conscious of theological 
soundness in our hymns as we are in 
what we permit to be preached in our 
pulpits and taught in our classrooms. 
Whether we realize it or not, our beliefs 
and our concept of God are being 
shaped by what we sing. Let us be cer- 
tain that the hymns we sing are biblical- 
ly accurate and teach and reinforce the 
ministry of the Word. 

A Good Hymn is Dignified in 
Style 

A quality hymn should have a sense 
of dignity both in its text and in its 
musical style. It should be characterized 
by such literary qualities as singleness 
of theme, preciseness of meaning, 
beauty of poetry, and progression of 
thought. A hymn should contain depth 
and sincerity of our belief and relation- 
ship to God. 

A Hymn That is Good 

E. Margaret Clarkson, in an article 
entitled "What Makes a Hymn Good?" 
{Christianity Today, June 27, 1980), 
sums it up correctly when she writes: 

To write a hymn is to do more than 
use correctly certain techniques. It is 
to look on the face of God, to worship 
in His presence, embrace His will, ac- 
cept His Cross and live daily under its 
obedience; it is then, having learned 
the disciplines of good writing, to sing 
God's grace. True hymn writers have 
not primarily sought to write hymns 
but to know God; and knowing Him, 
they could not but sing. Theirs are the 
hymns that have lived through the 
ages and will live into the future. We 
need this kind of hymn writing today 
if our generation will contribute any- 
thing real to the church 's treasury of 

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FOLLOWING 
JESUS' MODEL 
OF STEWARDSHIP 



By Larry Baker 

DURING the past year, Breth- 
ren have talked about "Being 
Authentic Disciples." That means 
following Jesus, doing what Jesus 
would do, and doing it in the way 
that Jesus would do it. 

As a member of the Stewardship 
Commission, I have endeavored to 
apply this principle to steward- 
ship. I began contemplating how 
Jesus was a steward of His time, 
talents, and treasures while He 
was on earth. I discovered some 
principles in Jesus' life that would 
help all Christians be good 
stewards. 

Jesus' sense of mission 

Jesus' mission was planned by 
God and declared to Mary and 
Joseph in various ways. The angel 
Gabriel announced the birth of 
Jesus as the promised Messiah to 
Mary, and this announcement was 
confirmed by Elizabeth (Luke 1:26- 
55). In Matthew 1:20-23, the angel 
explains the coming of baby Jesus 
and His mission to a much per- 
plexed Joseph. Then after Jesus' 
birth, Simeon meets Mary and 
Joseph in the Temple and proph- 
esies to them God's purpose for 
Jesus (Luke 2:25-33). 

Jesus knew and understood His 
mission. He stated it in heaven be- 
fore He came to earth. The writer 
to the Hebrews records it in 
Hebrews 10:5-7, 10:* 

Therefore, when Christ came into 

'Quotations from the Bible are from 
the New International Version. 

Rev. Baker is pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of South Bend, IncL, 
and serves on the Stewardship Com- 
mision of The Brethren Church. 




the world, he said: 
"Sacrifice and offer- 
ing you did not desire, but a body 
you prepared for me; with burnt of- 
ferings and sin offerings you were 
not pleased. Then I said, 'Here I am 

— it is written about me in the scroll 

— / have come to do your will, O 
God. '" . . . And by that will, we 
have been made holy through the 
sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ 
once for all. 

What a declaration of His will- 
ingness to be the steward of God's 
plan of salvation! And to those who 
followed Him on earth. He plainly 
stated His mission, "For the Son of 
Man came to seek and to save what was 
lost" (Luke 19:10). 

Focus was very important to 
Jesus. In Matthew 6:24 He taught 
that you can't have two main pur- 
poses in life: "No one can serve two 
masters. Either he will hate the one and 
love the other, or he will be devoted to 
the one and despise the other. You can- 
not serve both God and Money. " 

Jesus prioritized His life by 
seeking God's Kingdom and God's 
mission for His life first (Matt. 
6:33). Everything else that He did 
focused on His mission. In this 
sense Jesus was a steward because 
He had been entrusted by His 
Heavenly Father with the mission 
of salvation. This greatly deter- 
mined how Jesus handled time, 
talents, and earthly treasures. 

How Jesus handled time 

He who is eternal placed Himself 
under the constraints of time and 



then managed His 
time in the light of 
the mission that He 
was sent to ac- 
complish (Phil. 2:5- 
8). Jesus referred over and over to 
the proper timing of events in His 
life. (See Matthew 9:15; Luke 9:51; 
John 2:4; 7:6, 33; 13:1; 17:1.) 

Jesus realized that worry was a 
time waster. He didn't worry, and 
He taught others not to do so. Here 
is an example of His teaching in 
Luke 12:22-30: 

Then Jesus said to his disciples: 
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry 
about your life, what you will eat; 
or about your body, what you will 
wear. Life is more than food, and 
the body more than clothes. Con- 
sider the ravens: They do not sow or 
reap, they have no storeroom or 
barn; yet God feeds them. And how 
much more valuable you are than 
birds! Who of you by worrying can 
add a single hour to his life? Since 
you cannot do this very little thing, 
why do you worry about the rest? 

"Consider how the lilies grow. 

They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell 

you, not even Solomon in all his 

splendor was dressed like one of 

these, ffthat is how God clothes the 

grass of the field, which is here 

today, and tomorrow is thrown into 

the fire, how much more will he 

clothe you, O you of little faith! And 

do not set your heart on what you 

will eat or drink; do not worry 

about it. For the pagan world runs 

after all such things, and your 

Father knows that you need them. " 

This does not mean that Jesus 

wasn't concerned about His use of 

time or never displayed emotions, 

but it does mean that He realized 

that God was in control. Jesus also 

balanced His time. He worked. He 



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relaxed. He was with crowds. He 
spent time alone with God. 

How Jesus handled His talents 

Jesus, who had so many talents, 
used them to bring glory to God, to 
help other people, and to lead 
other people into a right relation- 
ship with God. He did not seek to 
draw attention to Himself. In fact, 
time and time again He asked peo- 
ple to give glory to God and not to 
tell others that He had healed 
them. (See Matt. 8:4; Mark 3:11- 
12; 5:43; 7:36; and 8:30.) 

I am using the term "talent" in 
this context to denote both natural 
talents and spiritual gifts. More 
specifically, the New Testament 
teaches that everyone is bom with 
natural talents but that Christians 
also receive "gifts" from the Holy 
Spirit when they receive Jesus as 
their Lord. Every Christian should 
be able to identify his or her spirit- 
ual gifts(s) and should be able to 
use those gifts along with his or 
her natural talents for the edifi- 
cation of the Body of Christ. 

How Jesus handled His finances 

Although not precisely stated in 
the Bible, there is every reason to 
believe that Jesus worked as a car- 
penter after Joseph's death to pro- 
vide for His mother, brothers, and 
sisters until His brothers were 
able to assume that responsibility. 
Certainly He is not to be viewed as 
som^eone who shunned "earning a 
living." But in God's timing, He 
left that pursuit to accomplish the 
mission that He had come to fulfill. 
Jesus focused on doing God's will, 
and He trusted on the Father to 
supply His needs — even His taxes 
(Matt. 17:24-27). 

Jesus lived simply and therefore 
His needs were simple. He was 
content with what He had and 
taught His followers to be content 
as well. Worry is not to be a part 
of the steward's (servant's) life. 
Stewards are to be satisfied with 
what God provides for them. He 
knows their needs. Jesus knew 
how to do physical work in order to 
provide for others, and He allowed 
others to provide for Him so that 
He could proclaim the Kingdom of 
God. Jesus knew how to be at 
home with the rich or the poor; 

10 



''Jesus does 

not ask His 

followers to do 

anything that 

He has not 
already mod- 
eled for them. '' 



just as He did with the self-right- 
eous or the guilt-ridden sinner. 

Jesus did not accumulate earthly 
treas\ires, and He taught His fol- 
lowers not to do so. In the Sermon 
on the Mount (Matt. 6), He told 
them to accumulate kingdom 
wealth because it pays greater 
dividends: 

"Do not store up for yourselves 
treasures on earth, where moth and 
rust destroy, and where thieves 
break in and steal. But store up for 
yourselves treasures in heaven, 
where moth and rust do not destroy, 
and where thieves do not break in 
and steal. For where your treasure 
is, there your heart will be also" 
(vv. 19-21). 

Jesus' main goal in life was not 
to make money. From the begin- 
ning of His ministry. He made it 
clear that there is a definite dis- 
tinction between serving God and 
serving money. By driving the 
animals and the money changers 
out of the Temple at the beginning 
and at the end of His ministry. He 
made it clear that God's people 
should trust in God and not in 
their money. 

Jesus had a special aversion to 
people who claimed to be spiritual 
but who were really more inter- 
ested in money. He indicated that 
their religion was mainly for show, 
to hide their true intent of greed. 
Their service to Mammon or 
money led them to do things that 
were contrary to God's will. (See 
Mark 12:38-40.) 

Jesus had a special affection for 
people like the poor widow who 
was willing to give everything to 
please God. Such people displayed 
their utter dependence on God. 



Jesus made quite a distinction be- 
tween giving out of abundance and 
giving out of poverty. (See Mark 
12:41-44.) 

How Jesus accounted for what the 
Father had entrusted to Him 

Most Christians tend to think of 
John 17 as Jesus' "High Priestly 
Prayer." But in this chapter Jesus 
accounts to His Father for what 
He did on earth. Look for evidence 
of His accountability as a steward 
in the following verses: 

After Jesus said this, he looked 
toward heaven and prayed: 

"Father, the time has come. . . " 
(v. 1, underlining added). 
Here Jesus is accounting to God 
for His time. He has used it wisely, 
and now it is time to complete His 
mission. 

"Glorify your Son, that your Son 
may glorify you. For you granted 
him authority over all people that he 
might give eternal life to all those 
you have given him. Now this is 
eternal life: that they may know you, 
the only true God, and Jesus Christ, 
whom you have sent. I have brought 
you glory on earth by completing 
the work you gave me to do. And 
now. Father, glorify me in your 
presence with the glory I had with 
you before the world began " (w. 
lb-5) 

Here Jesus accounts to God — 
for the disciples' benefit — for His 
mission of salvation. In doing so, 
He provides the disciples a defini- 
tion of eternal life and gives them 
a little insight into the plan that 
the Son and the Father had from 
the beginning. 

"/ have revealed you to those 
whom you gave me out of the world. 
They were yours; you gave them to 
me and they have obeyed your 
word. Now they know that every- 
thing you have given me comes from 
you. For I gave them the words you 
gave me and they accepted them. 
They knew with certainty that I 
came from you, and they believed 
that you sent me. I pray for them. I 
am not praying for the world, but 
for those you have given me, for 
they are yours " (vv. 6-9). 
Jesus is accounting for the souls 
of the disciples who were entrusted 
to Him. How many Christians 
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LOAD-BEARING CHRISTIANS 



^imr^ 



By John Shultz 

NINE YEARS AGO we bought a 
house. Almost immediately we 
began renovating it, and we've been at 
it ever since (ask my wife!). It's been 
nine years (she'll tell you 90), and it's 
still not done. 

In the process of that renovation, we 
have moved or eliminated several walls 
in the house. Some of you who have 
spent time in the building trade are well 
aware that you must ask a very critical 
question before you eliminate or remove 
a wall in a building. That question is, "Is 
this a load-bearing wall? 

Load-bearing walls are those that are 
strategically placed and structurally 
designed to carry a greater weight than 
other walls. If you remove such a wall, 
you must find a way to hold things up, 
or your building will collapse around 
your ears. Load-bearing walls stand in 
contrast to non-bearing walls. The latter 
you can remove easily. Get a big sledge- 
hammer, a couple of friends, a dust 
mask, and you're set. Non-bearing walls 
basically just stand there. Sometimes 
they look pretty; at other times they 
only serve to divide things or to get in 
the way. 

An authentic disciple 

Could we define an authentic disciple 
as someone who is a load-bearing Chris- 
tian, someone who is strategically 
placed and structurally designed to carry 

Dr. Shultz is Professor of Pastoral 
Counseling at Ashland Theological 
Seminary. 

This article is an edited transcription 
of a message Dr. Shultz presented on 
Wednesday evening of the 1990 Gen- 
eral Conference. 

January 1991 



weight? Maybe we could say that an 
authentic disciple is a person who can 
bear an extra amount of weight, as 
opposed to other less-developed, less- 
committed folks who only get in the 
way or divide things up. 

Life in the Spirit 

In the fifth chapter of Galatians, Paul 
talks about life in the Spirit. In this 
chapter he gives some general charac- 
teristics of this kind of life. He writes 
about what it is like to live in the Spirit 
and, by way of contrast, what results 
from living by the flesh. Then at verse 
26 he comes to a transition point, where 
he gives us some specific patterns for 
the authentic. Spirit-led disciple — 
patterns of behavior and patterns of 
thought. 

Keep what Paul says in this fifth 
chapter in mind, because nothing I say 
will make any sense unless we remem- 
ber that Paul is talking about life in the 
Spirit; life lived in the power of the 
Holy Spirit. You can't do it by yourself. 
You can't clench your fists, tighten your 
jaw, squint your eyes, stamp your feet, 
and make it happen. It's not in you un- 
less God through the Holy Spirit puts it 
there. 

Keepmg that in mind, let us look at 
what Paul says in Galatians chapter 6 
about being "Load-Bearing Christians." 

Brothers, if someone is caught in a 
sin, you who are spiritual should re- 
store him gently. But watch yourself, 
or you also may be tempted. Carry 
each other's burdens, and in this way 
you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal. 
6:1-2*). 

My friends, if someone is caught in a 
sin. Notice it says caught; it doesn't say 

'Quotations from the Bible are from 
the New International Version. 



thought. We do an awful lot of thinking 
about other people, and often times our 
thinking is not right on. We're con- 
cerned here about the person — com- 
mitted to Christ and on a very 
treacherous trail — who slips and falls. 
And you see the person slip and fall. It's 
not that you think he or she might some- 
day fall because of the way he looks or 
acts or because of the clothes she wears 
or the house he or she lives in. You 
actually see the person fall. So what 
should you do? 

Paul says, "You who are spiritual 
. . . ." What does it mean to be spirit- 
ual? We'll come back to that later. 

The meaning of restore 

For now, let's continue with the verse. 
Paul says, "You who are spiritual 
should restore him gently." Restoration. 
The word means to mend; to mend a 
broken net. Ah yes, sin is like the hole 
in our net. All the good things in life 
slip right on through. If it happens long 
enough, the hole gets bigger, and pretty 
soon you pull up the net and there's 
nothing in it. You find yourself empty, 
dry, hungry, starving to death spirit- 
ually. 

The word also means to mend a 
broken bone. Mending a broken bone 
can involve some pain. Setting the bone 
— getting the thing back in place — is 
not always a comfortable process. It 
reminds us a bit of the words of the 
writer of the Book of Hebrews, in chap- 
ter 12: "No discipline seems pleasant at 
the time, but painful. Later on, however, 
it produces a harvest of righteousness 
and peace for those who have been 
trained by it" (Heb. 12:11). 

If I catch somebody slipping off the 
path — I actually see him go — and 
then I've got the guts to do something 

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'^Authentic disciples are people in the business of carrying their own 
load while helping others with an overload. They have been 
strategically placed and specially gifted to keep the building from 
collapsing. ** 



about it and I gently restore him — I 
mend that hole in his net, I set that bone 
even though it may hurt at the time — 
then the harvest is one of righteousness 
and peace! 

Paul goes on to say, "Carry each 
other's burdens . . . ." The word means 
to take on an overload. It means that in 
addition to carrying your normal, every- 
day pack, you are to help your brother 
who has stumbled while carrying his. 
Help your brother who is overwhelmed 
by the load of temptation; or by the load 
of a life that has not gone the way he 
hoped it would; or by the load of pain 
and suffering, whether from without or 
within. Carry each other's burdens. 

Carrying an overload requires a load- 
bearing Christian — someone who can 
carry not only his or her own weight, 
but who has been strategically placed 
and structurally designed with gifts that 
enable him or her to help someone else. 

Fulfill the law of Christ 

"Carry each other's burdens, and in 
this way you will fulfill the law of 
Christ" (v. 2, emphasis added). An au- 
thentic disciple is someone who fulfills 
the law of Christ. That's the simplest 
definition I can come up with. 

And what is the law of Christ? Not 
very hard to come up with something 
here, is it? How about John 13:34? Or 
Galatians 5:14? Or Romans 13:8 and 
10? They all say the same thing. The 
closest one to our present text is 
Galatians 5:14 — '*The entire law is 
summed up in a single command: 'Love 
your neighbor as yourself.'" 

Now we can answer the earlier ques- 
tion. What does it mean to be spiritual? 
It means to fulfill the law of Christ. It 
means to love your neighbor as your- 
self. It means to be a load-bearing 
Christian. It means that when you see 
someone slip and she needs your help, 
you get on it. You help her, and thus 
fulfill the law of Christ. 

Do you love somebody else? Do you 
love your neighbors as yourself? Do you 
love even some of them? Then to that 
extent — believe it or not — you are 
spiritual. 

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What we have discovered thus far, 
then, is that authentic disciples dem- 
onstrate a certain pattern of behavior. 

Again and again I listen to troubled 
married couples describe their partners. 
A lady came to me in March. She began 
describing to me her dissatisfaction with 
her husband. When she got done, if he 
had walked through the door I'd have 
poked him one, because he sounded like 
a real bum. 

I didn't tell her to leave him, but I did 
ask if he would be willing to come in so 
that we could work together on their 
problems. As you can probably guess, 
she said that he wouldn't. Since he 
wouldn't come, there was only one 
person's behavior that I knew we could 
change, so I began sharing some ideas 
with her. 

Apparently she got rather tired of 
trying these ideas, however, for several 
months ago she filed for divorce. That 
apparently motivated him, for all of a 
sudden he came to see me. I listened to 
him describe her, and if she had walked 
through the door I would have been 
tempted to poke her. They're both 
bums. 

Then it hit me: maybe the truth is 
somewhere in the middle. Perhaps she's 
not quite as bad as he says, and maybe 
he's not quite as bad as she says. Their 
perceptions are a bit off. They're not 
seeing very clearly. Their eyes have 
been clouded by a history of negative 
interactions and by the emotional tur- 
moil of the last several months, and they 
don't see very clearly. 

Checking our perceptions 

Our perceptions are not always very 
reliable, are they? We are on a par- 
ticularly precarious precipice when our 
perceptions have to do with our own 
attitudes. Maybe once in a while we 
would be wise to check our perceptions 
of ourselves with someone else. 

When I was a boy I used to watch the 
Lone Ranger. You know, for the life of 
me to this day I can't figure out why 
they called him the Lone Ranger. If he 
had been lone, he'd have been dead the 
very first episode. The Lone Ranger was 



constantly in trouble, and just at the 
critical moment Tonto would come 
riding to the rescue on Scout, his faith- 
ful pony. The series wouldn't have 
lasted very long without Tonto. 

Sometimes we say, "Don't be a Lone 
Ranger Christian." But why not? Why 
not, indeed! It's because we all need 
someone — just in the nick of time per- 
haps. Maybe all of us need someone 
along side of us most of the time saying, 
"Hey, what are you doing there? How 
are you doing with that little problem 
you've been having? That temptation 
you've been struggling with, how's it 
going?" 

When God sets out to redeem the 
world. He always does it through a 
family. First of all He called Abraham, 
to whom He said, "Follow me, and I'll 
make your name great. I will bless you 
and give you many descendants, num- 
bered like the sands of the sea and the 
stars of the sky." And out of Abraham 
came the nation Israel. 

When that plan didn't work exactly as 
it might have, Jesus established His own 
family, of which we are all members — 
brothers and sisters. 

Authentic disciples are accountable 

One of the hallmarks of the family is 
that it holds its members accountable. 
Now I ask you. Are authentic disciples 
people who hold certain attitudes — 
attitudes such as, "I can't really trust 
myself and my perceptions about myself 
very far"? Or "I must be careful to 
monitor my perceptions. I must make 
myself accountable. I must find some- 
one who will share the truth with me; to 
whom I can confess my sins; who will 
look me square in the eye and say, 
'Wait a minute, hold on'"? 

Paul continues: "If anyone thinks he 
is something when he is nothing, he 
deceives himself (v. 3). We often don't 
help sinners — our brothers or sisters 
who have slipped off the path — be- 
cause we feel superior. We don't want 
to get our hands dirty. We don't say that 
we're superior, just as no one would 
claim to be spiritual. But we think it! 

Authentic disciples think a certain 

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way. The other day I heard an mdividual 
described in one of the most positive 
ways you could describe a person. The 
description was, "I've never heard him 
say anything bad about another person." 
Maybe that was a Uttle bit generous. I 
think I flunked that test in first grade. 

Authentic disciples think a certain 
way. "If anyone thinks he is something 
when he is nothing, he deceives him- 
self." Conceit can coexist with external 
morality, but it cannot be any part of 
true discipleship. You can look good 
and be conceited, but you can't be good 
and be conceited. God doesn't grade on 
the curve. He doesn't compare you with 
anybody else. He only compares you to 
His absolute standards. 

If anyone thinks he is something when 
he is nothing, he deceives himself. 
Each one should test his own actions. 
Then he can take pride in himself, 
without comparing himself to some- 
body else, for each one should carry 
his own load (Gal. 6:3-5). 

God doesn't grade on the curve. It 
doesn't matter how lousy the person be- 
side you is and how great you are, the 
standard is God. How do you measure 
up? 

While I was at the St. James Brethren 
Church, I stumbled onto a poem. It was 
a prayer, and part of it went like this: 



"Lord, help me not to be a saint. Some 
of them are so hard to live with, and you 
know I want some friends when I die." 
An authentic disciple is one who 
knows that he or she has done absolute- 
ly nothing to deserve God's favor. 
Authentic disciples are totally depend- 
ent on God's grace for forgiveness, sal- 
vation, accomplishment. Anything they 
have or are is because God has done it. 
An authentic disciple has no room to 
boast, save in the death of Christ, the 
Lord. 

Summary 

Let us not become conceited, provok- 
ing and envying one another. My 
friends, if someone is caught in a sin, 
slips off the path, and you see it happen 
and you are the sort of person who loves 
people as you love your Lord and your- 
self, help that person up. Hold him or 
her for awhile. Carry his or her overload 
for a period of time. 

If you think you are something when 
you are nothing, you have fooled your- 
self. Your perceptions are off. 

Each of us should test our own ac- 
tions. Each of us should make ourselves 
accountable. Each of us should find 
someone with whom we can confess our 
sins; someone who will be honest with 
us; someone who will confront us when 



we do not see clearly. Then we can take 
pride in ourselves without comparing 
ourselves with someone else. For each 
of us should carry our own load, our 
own everyday responsibilities. (Not an 
overload; it's a different word here.) 

Think about it. No, do it! 

Authentic disciples think a certain 
way and act a certain way. They think 
accurately about who they are, where 
they've come from, and how they got 
here. And they act in a way that fulfills 
the law of Christ. 

Authentic disciples are people in the 
business of carrying their own load 
while helping others with an overload. 
They have been strategically placed and 
specially gifted to keep the building 
from collapsing. They have made them- 
selves accountable lest they be carried 
away by their own delusions of holi- 
ness. 

Bruce Thielman calls it "Basin Theol- 
ogy." When Pilate had a chance to ac- 
quit Jesus, he took a basin and washed 
his hands of the whole matter. But 
Jesus, the night before His death, took a 
basin and washed the disciples' feet. 
With an attitude of humility. He carried 
out an action of service and restoration. 

Cleansing and forgiveness. Mending 
of nets and broken bones. Go thou and 
do likewise. [f] 



Following Jesus' Model of Stewardship 

(continued from page 1 0) 
think about the stewardship of other people in their lives? 
Jesus did! He continues to ask for their guidance and 
protection as well as for the protection of future generations 
of believers in verses 11-17 and 20-21 of this prayer. 
"All I have is yours, and all you have is mine " 
(V. 10). 

What a statement of stewardship! True stewardship in- 
volves realizing that God owns everything and that in- 
dividuals just manage the time, talents, and treasures 
entrusted to them while they are here on earth. 

"As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into 
the world. . . . I have given them the glory that you gave 
me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and 
you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let 
the world know that you sent me and have loved them 
even as you have loved me" (vv. 18, 22, 23.) 
The mission of spreading the Good News of salvation has 
been delegated to the followers of Jesus. To accomplish this 
mission, they must dwell in God's love and in unity with 
each other. 

"Father, I want those you have given me to be with 
me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have 
given me because you loved me before the creation of 
the world. . . . I have made you known to them, and will 
continue to make you known in order that the love you 



have for me may be in them and that I myself may be 

in them " (vv. 24, 26). 
Here Jesus again expresses to God His desire for the 
disciples to be with Him in glory. He promises that He will 
continue, in spite of the obstacle of the cross, to carry out 
the mission of salvation. 

Implications for followers of Jesus today 

Jesus does not ask His followers to do anything that He 
has not already modeled for them. Each member of the 
Body of Christ has been uniquely equipped by the Heaven- 
ly Father for a specific mission on this earth, i.e., to seek 
and to save the lost — those who are outside of God's 
kingdom. Christians cannot be the means of salvation, as 
Jesus was. He paid the price once for all time. He is the 
only mediator between God and the people of this earth. 

But Christians can use their time, talents (including their 
spiritual gifts), and earthly treasures to share the Good 
News with others with the specific goal of leading them to 
Christ. They can also use their time, talents, and treasures 
to do good deeds that glorify God, and to encourage other 
believers so that the Body of Christ may be vital and active. 

Jesus encountered and avoided various dangers to being 
a good steward. Christians today can avoid these same 
dangers if they follow His example, watch out for greed and 
worry, and refuse to be sidetracked (even by well-meaning 
Christian friends) from accomplishing the tasks and respon- 
sibilities that God has entrusted to each of us. [f] 



January 1991 



13 



Ashland Theological Seminary 

A Place for . . . 

PRAYER 



By Dr. Frederick J. Finks, Vice President 



AT FIRST GLANCE, one 
would not readily recognize 
that behind the nearly century- 
old home on Center Street is a 
growing catmpus full of activity. 
The Seminary moved from the 
Ashland University campus in 
1958 to the former home of John 
C. Myers. The majestic home sits 
among other century-old homes 
in the midst of the historical dis- 
trict of Ashland. 

The Myers home serves as the 
administrative center for the 
campus, but behind it unfolds the 
nearly seven-acre campus con- 
taining library, chapel, class- 
rooms, and apartments. Here is a 
place of much activity — teach- 
ing, worshiping, living, playing. 





But more than an5rthing, it is a 
place for prayer. 

Prayer is at the foundation 
of everj^hing that is done on 
the Seminary campus. Faculty 
begin every class session with 
prayer. Chapel services held 
throughout the week focus on 
prayer, both needs and 
answers! Student prayer 
groups meet often to pray for 
one another and for the needs 
of our world. Mission prayer 
groups remember graduates of 
the Seminary who are serving 
in foreign countries. Faculty 
prayer groups meet twice each 
week to pray for a multitude of 
needs, including alumni and 
friends. 

Hearing the voice of God and 
following His leading comes 
about through a close relation- 
ship. Through prayer God 
speaks. [j] 



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The Brethren Evangeust 



Ashland Theological Seminary 

A Place for . . . 

LEARNING 



By Dr. Frederick J. Finks, Vice President 



THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
in 1878 was pursuing a 
fundamental goal when it 
founded Ashland College. Educa- 
tion was at the center of Brethren 
thinking, and they were con- 
vinced that strong leadership 
would result from training. The 
charter of the College includes 
the "training of suitable young 
men for ministry" as one of the 
main emphases in this bold step. 
The Brethren leaders were not 
satisfied with the mediocre; they 
wanted quality. In 1930 when the 
demand increased for ministerial 
training, an important step was 
taken to move from a department 
of theology into a graduate school 



(Seminary). Dr. J. 
Allen Miller then 
commented, "The 
Brethren Theological 
Seminary will be a 
graduate school of 
theology of such a 
rank as the highest 
type of evangelical 
faith and life . . . ." 

That was the spring- 
board for the growth 
of Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary. Our 
thoughts today reflect 
Dr. J. Allen Miller's 
dream; Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary will 
not settle (next page) 





January 1991 



15 



Ashland Theological Seminary 




A Place for . . . 

GROWTH 



By Dr. Frederick J. Finks, Vice President 



GROWTH is a sign of life. 
Today's student body of 
494 is the largest class ever to 
attend Ashland Theological 
Seminary. Students have 
come from 25 different states, 
eleven different countries, and 
more than 50 denominations. 
This is quite a contrast to the 
15 students who moved to the 
present campus in 1958. 
The landscape is a bit dif- 



ferent also. In 1958 there was 
one building — the Myers 
home. It housed the class- 
rooms, library (5,000 books), 
offices, and student area. 
Today there is more than 
75,000 square feet of space in 
eight buildings. 

In 1991 yet another con- 
struction project will begin. 
The George Solomon Memori- 
al Library addition will add 



approximately 3,000 more 
square feet of space. This proj- 
ect along with the previous re- 
modeling of the library will 
add three times the space of 
the original library. The pro- 
jected cost of this addition will 
be approximately two hundred 
thousand dollars. 

Individuals wishing to help 
with this project can do so by 
contacting the Seminary, [f] 



(continued from previous page) 
for second best. We must be all 
that God intends us to be. 

To that end, everything that 
we do, we do for the glory of 
God. Students are challenged in 
several ways. First, they are 
reminded of their reason for 
being in Seminary — that of 
being prepared for ministry. It 
is a responsibility to be taken 
seriously. As such, they must 
prepare themselves mentally 
and spiritually. 

Mentally involves academic 
preparation. Students study 



scripture, learning how God has 
moved throughout history and 
centuries to address a modem 
world. Students study Greek 
and Hebrew in order to read the 
Bible in the original languages. 
Understanding a theology of 
Father, Son, and Spirit are im- 
portant facets to their prepara- 
tion for "handling accurately the 
word of truth." Three years of 
intense study is involved in this 
preparation. 

Students are reminded that 
more important than knowledge 
is heart. They are to grow 



spiritually as well while in 
Seminary. Not to do so would 
make their education incom- 
plete. To this end, chapels are 
held throughout the week, as 
well as prayer times and 
spiritual formation groups. All 
of these combined help each stu- 
dent focus on God's individual 
call for life. No day is too busy, 
no test too important that one 
should not pause to encounter 
God and His ever-abiding 
presence. 

This is Ashland Theological 
Seminary — a place of le£iming. 



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UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Milford First Brethren Church 
Dedicates Educational Center 



Milford, Ind. — The Milford First 
Brethren Church held a dedication 
service on Sunday, November 11, for 
its new Educa- 
tional Center. 

The Center 
consists of three 
modular units 
(each 24 feet by 
60 feet) that 
house all class- 
rooms for the 
children's depart- 
ment, one adult 
classroom, a 
children's 
library, small 
kitchenette, 
resource room, a 
children's wor- 
ship area, and 
restrooms. 

The units were 
a gift to the Milford Chvirch from the 
Jefferson Brethren Church, which 
used them for approximately 20 
years. Because of a building program 
at the Jefferson Church, the units 
were no longer needed, and the 
church offered them to the Milford 
Brethren at no cost other than the 
expense of moving them the 15 to 20 
miles from the Jefferson Church to 
Milford. 

Ground was broken for foundations 
for the units at Milford on June 3. 
Shortly thereafter workmen 
separated the three units at the Jef- 
ferson Church into six halves, which 



were then moved to Milford by P & M 
Trailer Repair of Goshen. Once the 
units were on the foundations, the 



ing several Brethren from the Jeffer- 
son Church, attended the dedication 
service, held on a beautiful fall Sun- 
day afternoon following the church's 
annual Thanksgiving dinner. Milford 
Pastor Paul Tinkel gave the call to 
worship, led the act of dedication, and 
gave the benediction. Deacon Robert 




One side of the Milford First Brethren Church's new Educational Center. 

general contractor, Homestead Rassi gave the 
Builders of Goshen, began its work, 
with sub-contractors doing the 
electric, plumbing, and heating. 

Because of the numerous modifica- 
tions required to meet Indiana State 
fire, safety, and handicap access 
codes, the cost of the project was con- 
siderably more than originally es- 
timated. Nevertheless, the $112,000 
cost to move the units, put them on 
permanent foundations, and modify 
them for their current use is about 
one-third of what it would have cost 
to build an equivalent building. 

Approximately 100 people, includ- 



Roann Couple Seeks to Spread 
the Good News Through Music 

Roann, Ind. — Ross and Norma 
Trump, members of the Roann First 
Brethren Church, have been in music 
ministry most of their lives and have 
provided music for the Roann Church 
for many years. They would like to 
share their talents with other 
Brethren churches as well. 

A band director for 36 years, Mr. 
Trump retired early from teaching to 
have more time to share the gospel. 
"Our first love is God's work and an 
evangelistic ministry in music," he 
says. "We feel there is a great need in 
this field today, and that lives can be 
touched through music." 

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The Trumps sing and play a variety 
of instruments — piano, electronic 
keyboard, accordion, and various 
brass instruments including the 
trumpet, trombone, and tuba. 

"We would be happy to serve any 
size church, near or far, by providing 
special music for worship or revival 
services, special programs, or an en- 
tire service," the Trumps say. "We 
love the Lord and have seen God's 
working in lives. . . . We want to tell 
others the Good News of Jesus 
Christ." 

Churches interested in the ministry 
of the Trumps may contact them by 
phone (219) 774-3519 or letter (Route 
1, Box 186, North Manchester, IN 
46962). 

— submitted by Pastor Phil Medsger 



Photo by Rich Rhodes 

invocation, and 
remarks were made by Larry Mast, 
moderator; Mrs. Linda Mathews, 
chair of the Ministry of Education; 
Pastor Tinkel; Rev. Kerry Scott, pas- 
tor of the Jefferson Brethren Church; 
and Rev. Bryan Karchner, associate 
pastor of the Jefferson church. 
Prayers of dedication were offered by 
Pastor Tinkel and Rev. Scott. 

Special music was presented by a 
men's trio (Rick Collins, Rick Graff, 
and Paul Tinkel), and by a women's 
trio (Linda Mathews, Regina Miller, 
and Sue Price), with the women sing- 
ing "Bless This House." Deanna Ladd 
played the organ for the service, and 
Nedra Dobbins played the piano. 

An open house and social time was 
held in the Educational Center follow- 
ing the dedication service, hosted by 
the members of the Ministry of 
Education. 

The new Educational Center has 
taken on special significance for the 
Milford Brethren since October. 
During the church business meeting 
held that mionth, the congregation 
voted to close the original church 
building, which is 104 years old and 
in need of extensive repairs. Worship 
services and adult Sunday school 
classes will be held in an education 
and fellowship center added seven 
years ago which now has become the 
Worship and Fellowship Center. 

— submitted by Judy Tinkel 

The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



Ralph Mills Retires From Pastoral Ministry 
After 34 Years at Berlin Brethren Church 



Berlin, Pa, — Rev. Ralph Mills and 
his wife, Miriam, were honored at a 
retirement dinner held December 2 
by the Berlin Brethren Church. 

Rev. Mills is retiring after 41 years 
in the pastoral ministry, 34 of which 
he served at the Berlin Church. He 
began his pastoral ministry at the 
Uniontown, Pa., and Highland 
(Marianna, Pa.) Brethren churches in 
1949, serving both congregations 
from 1949 to 1952. He then pastored 
the Pittsburgh First Brethren Church 
several years until his move to Berlin 
in 1956. 

During his 41 years of pastoral min- 
istry, he preached approximately 
2,132 sermons (not counting special 
services), conducted 522 funerals, 614 
baptisms, and 451 weddings. A 
popular banquet speaker, he also 
gave 615 after-dinner speeches. In ad- 
dition he made thousands of pastoral 
calls, particularly in hospitals and 
nursing homes, visiting not only 
members of the Berlin Church, but 
people of the community. 

His ministry also extended beyond 
the local church. He served on both 
the Pennsylvania District and Gen- 
eral Conference Executive Commit- 
tees and for a time as secretary of the 
latter. He was active in camp work, 
served on the District Camp Board, 
was a member of the District Youth 
Commission, and served on the Dis- 
trict Mission Board (and for a time as 
treasurer of this board). 

His community activities were 
numerous and only a partial list can 



be given. He was an active member of 
the Lions Club for his entire tenure at 
Berlin. He was chaplain for many 
years at Maple Mountain Manor 
(county retirement home), a member 
of the Berlin Volunteer Fire Depart- 



Rev. and 
Mrs. Ralph 
Mills (c.) 
with their 
family: (r. to 
I.) son Gary, 
his wife 
Edith, and 
their son 
Zachary; 
daughter 
Beverly and 
her hus- 
band, Austin 
Kreeger. 

Photo by 
Bob Brant 

ment, helped with fund-raisers for the 
Quemahoning District of the Boy 
Scouts, and aided the local Boy Scout 
Troop #135 whenever possible. In 
1978 he was chosen Outstanding 
Com^munity Citizen. 

Rev. Mills was bom in Hagerstown, 
Md., in 1924, and later joined the St. 
James Brethren Church, which be- 
came a powerful force in his decision 
to become a man of God. He is a 
graduate of Ashland College and also 
attended the University of West Vir- 



ginia, Frostburg University in 
Maryland, and Zenia Theological 
Seminary in Pittsburgh. 

Since 1946 Rev. Mills has been mar- 
ried to the former Miriam Rohrer, also 
of Hagerstown. Mrs. Mills taught in 
the public schools for 30 years, retir- 
ing in 1988. She has been an active 
member of the community and the 
Berlin Church, where she serves as a 
deaconess, is involved in the W.M.S., 




Florida Elders and Spouses 
Enjoy Holiday Gathering 

St. Petersburg, Fla. — The seven 
pastors of the Florida District invited 
their own spouses and all the other 
ordained elders in the churches of the 
district and their spouses to join them 
on Friday evening, December 7, for a 
holiday dinner — a dutch-treat meal 
served by lay people at the Sarasota 
First Brethren Church. 

Following the meal, the 27 Breth- 
ren present formed a circle and sang 
Christmas carols from different 
lands, interspersed with sharing 
memories of Christmases past. Some 
stories were humorous, some sad, 
some thankful, some joyous, some 
frightening — but all personal. The 

January 1991 



evening closed with a circle of prayer. 

According to Rev. Phil Lersch, it 
was an enjoyable evening, which 
aided all to get to know each other 
better and to share friendship during 
the Advent season. 

The 27 attending were Dan and 
Paula Gray; Mrs. Ollie Foy (Paula's 
grandmother); Ken and Carolyn Sol- 
omon; Daniel and Kathy Rosales; Bud 
and Jean Hamel; Gene and Jean 
Beekley; William and Anna Thomas; 
Howard and Neoma Yohe; Buck and 
Sarah Garrett; Fred and Betty Sny- 
der; Arthur and Dorothy Tinkel; Rob 
and Jane Byler; Dave and Jill Stone; 
and Phil and Jean Lersch. The only 
ones unable to attend were Tony and 
Peggy Pica; Larry and Rose Bolinger; 
and Charles and Aida May Munson. 
— reported by Rev. Phil Lersch 



and has taught the Young Adult Class 
for the past 33 years. 

Rev. and Mrs. Mills have two 
children — Beverly, married to Aus- 
tin Kreeger, and Gary, married to 
Edith Emerick Deeter — and one 
grandchild, Zachary (Mills). 

More than 300 members and 
friends of the Berlin Church attended 
the catered retirement dinner for Rev. 
and Mrs. Mills, which was held at the 
Berlin Borough Building following 
the morning worship service on 
December 2. An open house in their 
honor was held following the dinner 
for members of the community. At the 
dinner the congregation presented 
Rev. and Mrs. Mills a mantel clock, a 
wristwatch, and a $500 gift certificate 
to a furniture store. 

Rev. Mills preached his final ser- 
mon as pastor of the Berlin Church to 
a capacity crowd on Sunday morning, 
December 30. Following the sermon, 
the congregation gave him a standing 
ovation as an expression of their love 
and their appreciation for his years of 
service as their pastor. The Sanctuary 
Choir then sang the anthem, "I Thank 
My God When I Remember You," in 
tribute to their pastor. 

The Mills will be living in an apart- 
ment in Berlin and plan to continue 
being active members of the church 
and conununity. 

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UPDATE 



Flora Pastor Alvin Grumbling Honored 
For Outstanding Service to Community 



Flora, Ind. — Rev. Alvin Grumbling, 
pastor of the Flora First Brethren 
Church, was honored December 4 by 
the Flora Lions Club with the club's 
"Pete Award" in recognition of his 
outstanding service to the Flora com- 
munity. 

Grumbling was presented the 
award at the club's annual Christmas 
Ladies Night Banquet, held at the 
Carroll County Country Club in Del- 
phi, Ind. The award is named after the 
late DeVere "Pete" Hoffman, who ex- 
emplified outstanding and extended 
service to the Flora community. 
Grumbling is the seventh recipient. 

Rev. Grumbling has served the 
Flora Brethren Church for the past 14 
V*2 years. In addition to his pastoral 
responsibilities, he has also served in 
an unofficial way as the chaplain of 
the Brethren's Home, a healthcare 
facility at the west edge of Flora. His 
responsibilities at the home include 
coordinating Monday morning wor- 
ship services, taking conmiunion to 
residents twice a year, and conduct- 
ing memorial services. 

An article about Pastor Grumbling 
in a local newspaper characterized 
him as a humble, quiet, and unassum- 
ing person. The article goes on to say, 
"However, this quiet, yet active man, 
whether it be behind the scenes or 
taking a position of leadership, has 
touched countless lives within the 




Rev. Alvin Grumbling 

Flora community and the ministry he 
overlooks at the Brethren's Home." 

One of Grumbling's most pleasur- 
able duties is participating in the 
Flora Ministerial Association. He has 
served as president twice and is cur- 
rently the association's representa- 
tive on the TV Council for Channel 7, 
a local access channel. He has been 
council chairman the past three years 
and makes arrangements for church 
services to be broadcast. 



In addition to serving the elderly at 
the Brethren's Home, Pastor Grum- 
bling loves being with young people. 
A highlight of his sunmiers is a canoe 
trip for high school youth, which he 
helps organize annually through 
Camp Shipshewana. Since he helps 
plan the week-long trips, he always 
goes along. Beside these trips, he also 
travels with his own church young 
people to their district meetings. He 
is usually the only pastor beside the 
host church pastor who is there with 
the youth and their leaders. The 
young people admire him for this. 

His work with young people also 
includes the Flora Community Vaca- 
tion Bible School, which he and 
another Flora pastor co-direct. Last 
summer he dressed up as a clown for 
the Bible school and reportedly loved 
every minute of it. 

Pastor Grumbling, a self-described 
workaholic, is a busy man, but some- 
times busy people need an outlet. 
Much to the delight of staff and resi- 
dents at the Brethren's Home, his out- 
let is flying trick kites in the field 
behind the facility. 

A native of Johnstown, Pa., Rev. 
Grumbling is a gnraduate of Ashland 
University and Ashland Theological 
Seminary and also Zenia Seminary in 
Pittsburgh, Pa. Before going to Flora, 
he served Brethren churches in Pitts- 
burgh; Newark and Bryan, Ohio; and 
Manteca, Calif. He and his wife, Meg, 
have two sons, Gary, at home, and 
Dennis, who is married and lives in 
Chicago. 

— submitted by Mildred Mullendore 



Vinco, Singer Hill Brethren 
Hold Old-Fashioned Day 

Mineral Point, Pa. — The Brethren 
of the Vinco Brethren Church and the 
Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church 
held a joint Old-Fashioned Day on 
September 9. 

Each congregation held its morning 
worship service in its own building, 
but Vinco pastor Rev. Carl H. Phillips 
conducted the service at the Singer 
Hill Church, while Singer Hill pastor 
Rev. Ronald Camevali brought the 
message at the Vinco Church. The 
Brethren of both churches were 
encouraged to come to the services 
dressed in old-fashioned clothes to 
help create the spirit of the occasion. 

Following morning services, the 
members of both congregations met 
for a picnic lunch at the Pike Brethren 
picnic grounds. Afternoon activities 
included games for all ages, Christian 

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fellowship, and music presented by a 
group called the Stepping Stones. 

Following an evening meal, a 
vesper service was held at which both 
pastors spoke. 



According to reporter Barbara 
Hagerich, the Old-Fashioned Day 
was a huge success as both church 
congregations shared a day of Chris- 
tian fellowship. 

The Brethren Evangelist 




Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 

TAV '<•;?) At, them: for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 

New Year's Resolutions 

Do you know what a "resolution" is? A resolution is a kind of promise many grown-ups 
make at the start of a new year. Maybe they want to follow the ways of Jesus more closely. 
Or perhaps they want to stop a bad habit, like biting their fingernails or eating too much. 
So they make a promise to themselves that they will live better or that they will stop doing 
what they don't want to do. 

The problem with many New Year's resolutions is that we seem to think that just by 
promising to do something or by promising not to do something that we will be able to do 
or not do those things. Unfortunately, bad habits are hard to break, and good habits take 
a lot of practice. It takes time to change, and it takes more strength than we have on our 
own. 

New Year's resolution can be a very important means to help us change our lives. But 
we need to be careful what kind of promises we make to ourselves. 

1 . Ask God what changes you should make in your life. Pray every day for a 
week that God would show you what He wants you to change. 

2. Once you think you know what changes you need to make, write those things 

down. Then try to work at them little by little each day or each week. For 
example, if you think God wants you to be nicer to your brother or sister, a 
good resolution might be to say one kind thing to him or her every day. Or if 
you think God wants you to do better at school, work to get one "A" paper each 
day. If you have trouble thinking of something you could do each day in order 
to carry out your resolution, ask a trusted grown-up friend or teacher to help 
you. 

3. Finally, do your best each day . Don't worry about how you'll do next week or 
about how you messed up or forgot yesterday. Just concentrate on today. God 
will guide and change you. You might want to keep a diary or journal about 
your resolution. A small spiral notebook makes a great journal. Make an entry 
each day. In a few months you can look back and begin to see how God is 
changing you. 



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A Coded Message 

Decipher the message below, which Is a verse from the Book of Hosea in the Old 
Testament of the Bible. In this book, the prophet says that this is what God desires to hear 
when we pray. Use the code to fill in the missing vowels. 

T = A * = E ■=! A=0 ♦=U 

• ♦A*4*AAA* 
"L t _s kn w, I t _s pr ss n t kn w th_ 

A lABAai^ViArV 
L rd; h s g ng f rth s s_r s th d wn . . . ." 

Hosea 6:3 



JAhnjARY 1991 21 



UPDATE 



Brethren Fellowship of the Savior 
Breaks Ground for First Facility 



Cleveland, Ohio — The Brethren 
Fellowship of the Savior broke 
ground Sunday, November 11, for a 
church building, the first for this 
young congregation which currently 
meets in rented facilities. 

The new building will be located on 
a ten-acre plot east of Cleveland 
across from the Warrensville High 
School and a few minutes from Inter- 
state 271. The land cost approximate- 
ly $250,000 and was paid for by the 
congregation. 

Rev. Ronald Williams II, pastor of 
the Brethren Fellowship of the 
Savior, presided over the ground- 
breaking ceremony, which was held 
following the morning worship serv- 
ice. Dr. Joseph Shultz, president of 
Ashland University and Theological 
Seminary, stated the purpose of the 
building program. Dr. C. St. Clare 
Williams, presiding elder for the 
African Methodist Episcopal Church, 
offered the prayer of dedication for the 
land and building program. Also 
present for the ground-breaking were 
the architect, Mr. Richard Beck, and 
contractor, Mr. Richard Favazzo. 



The Brethren Fellowship of the 
Savior, which was begun in 1982 with 
support from both the national Mis- 
sionary Board of the Brethren Church 
and the Ohio District Mission Board, 



has experienced remarkable growth 
under the leadership of Pastor Wil- 
liams. Approximately 800 people 
attended the worship service that 
preceded the ground-breaking serv- 
ice. The growth of this congregation is 
attributable in large measure to the 
gospel preaching and music ministry 
of Pastor Williams. 

— reported by Dr. Joseph R. Shultz 




Pastor Ronald Williams, his wife Karolyn, and their two children with Ashland 
University President Joseph R. Shultz and members of the Brethren Fellowship of 
the Savior at the ground-breaking ceremony. 



Only a Rusty Razor Blade 

By James R. Black 

ON October 2, 1990, in the tiny isolated village of Gullipadu 
in Andhra Pradesh, India, a simple, rusty, double-edged 
razor blade became consecrated for the Lord's service. 

We arrived in the remote village after a journey of several hours 
in an old, pampered, India-made Ambassador automobile. The 
roads were unbelievably bad, heavily damaged by abuse, neglect, 
and flooding. At times we had to leave the vehicle and walk while 
the driver, after careful inspection by flashlight, determined the 
best ruts to follow. He would then climb behind the wheel as we 
stood anxiously beside the road, watching (and praying), as he 
skillfully maneuvered through the mud. 

Upon arriving in the village, we were given a noisy but 
gracious welcome by the village pastor and people. A number of 
people were present who had traveled many hours and great 
distances from other villages. They had prepared a garland of 
flowers, which they ceremoniously placed around my neck. 
Music was blaring forth from old speaker horns mounted high 
upon a pole. We were assembled to dedicate a Prayer House, and 
it was a very important occasion. 

The Prayer House being dedicated was tiny, but artfully dec- 
orated. The loudspeakers were not really necessary for the small 
crowd gathered inside the thatched building, but they would 
assure that the entire village would hear the proceedings, will- 
ingly or not. A public address system had been carried for miles 

Rev. Black is Executive Director of the Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church. 



on the back of a believer. (Prasanth Kumar said it was an all-day 
walk.) The village has no electricity, so an "electrician" climbed 
a government tower adjacent to the village and "borrowed" 
electricity for the night. 

The Prayer House had been recently constructed, and the 
Bretliren had awaited my arrival for the formal dedication. A red 
ribbon had been stretched carefully across the entrance. All was 
in readiness for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, but in the poor 
village a scissors was nowhere to be found. A scythe was sug- 
gested, but that didn't seem appropriate to the village leaders. 

But the problem was soon solved. Standing by the opening, 
smiling, stood one of the respected villagers. Reverently he 
extended a steel plate (like our (continued on next page) 

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BRfTHRENHISSION^ 




Rev. James R. Black and an Indian believer at the Prayer House 
in Gullipadu, hidia. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



From 
The 




Grape 
Vine 



The Muncie, Ind., First Brethren 
Church raised $435 for World Relief at a 
chili supper and silent auction held Decem- 
ber 1. Members brought crafts and baked 
goods, but rather than these being auctioned 
off in the usual manner, persons interested 
in the items wrote their bids on paper and 
placed them beneath the items. At the end 
of the auction, items went to those who had 
written the highest bids. Peggy Briner and 
Permy Garrett coordinated the event. 

"Let's Make a Deal" was the theme of an 
evening fellowship held Sunday, October 
28, at the Milledgeville, 111., Brethren 
Church. People came dressed to compete 
as they do on the television program of the 
same name — with some great costumes 
according to reporter Lorraine Haugh. One 
of the evening's activities was to identify 
people from their baby pictures. Wendy 
Wiersema won this event, correctly iden- 
tifying 32 of the 38 pictures. Jeanne 
Kolppen emceed the program. 

Rev. and Mrs. Woodrow Immel of 105 

Spruce Lane, North Manchester, Ind., 
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 
Sunday, December 16, with an open house 
at the North Manchester First Brethren 
Church. They were married December 14, 

Rusty Razor Blade 

(continued from previous page) 
pie plate) on which, carefully centered, lay 
a rusty, double-edged razor blade. 

Following announcements by Brethren 
Mission Director K. Prasanth Kumar, I 
offered the prayer of dedication. Then care- 
fully, lest I cut myself on the rusted instru- 
ment inflicting a wound that might not soon 
heal, I picked up the blade and with two deft 
strokes opened the beautiful barrier. Wit- 
nesses applauded the ceremony. 

We enjoyed a brief but meaningful serv- 
ice. I was given an apple and several small, 
sweet bananas. We bid the Brethren fare- 
well and started back over the treacherous 
roads toward Rajahmundry. 

I wish I would have had the presence of 
mind to ask for that old blade. It would have 
been given a place of honor among my 
souvenirs. Perhaps I'll find a substitute. I 
never want to forget the inauguration of the 
Prayer House at Gullipadu. [t] 

January 1991 



1940, at the New Paris, Ind., First Brethren 
Church. Rev. Immel pastored Brethren 
churches at Milford, New Paris, and North 
Manchester, retiring from the North Man- 
chester Church in 1983. He continues a 
ministry with senior citizens ("Keenagers") 
at North Manchester, and Mrs. Immel 
(LaVeta) continues to serve through music 
(and for the past two years as North Man- 
chester's reporter to the Evangelist). 

The Roanoke, Ind., First Brethren 
Church celebrated Homecoming on Sun- 
day, November 4. The Praisegiving Quartet 
from the Dutchtown Brethren Church of 
Warsaw, Ind., presented special music for 
the morning worship service, and Roanoke 
Pastor James Sluss delivered the sermon. A 
noon meal prepared by the ladies of the 
church was followed with a concert by the 
Praisegiving Quartet. 

The Cerro Gordo, 111., Brethren 
Church held its annual Homecoming on 
November 18, with 116 present for the 
Homecoming worship service. Special 
music for the service was presented by 
Marie Barnes, a recording artist from 
Decatur, 111., and Pastor Dean Benton 
brought the message. A Thanksgiving meal 
at noon was followed by a program of music 
by the Morning Stars — 14 men and women 



from churches in the Moweaqua, 111., area. 
A Homecoming offering was received for 
the addition being made to the parsonage 
(garage, family room, and two bedrooms). 

Despite some reports to the contrary, 
chaplains with Desert Shield troops in the 

Middle East do wear their crosses (on base 
but not off base), and the military has 
"enough Bibles to pave a road across the 
desert," according to Chaplain (retired) 
Eugene J. Beekley, who serves as Chaplain 
Endorsing Agent for The Brethren Church. 
And according to Evangelical Missions In- 
formation Service, a radio report indicated 
that some soldiers were being baptized in a 
plastic tent holder; a chaplain reported one 
conversion for every six New Testaments 
passed out to troops; and the U.S. Defense 
Department has cleared the way for Bibles 
and other Cliristian literature to be mailed 
to individual soldiers, but not in bulk. 

Jerry Ballard, executive director of 
Worid Relief of NAE (WRC), has informed 
the organization's board of directors of his 
plans to step down from this position. 
During the 13 years Ballard served as its 
director, WRC has gone from a $2-million 
to a $20-million-a-year global outreach 
ministry. Brethren gifts for World Relief are 
channeled through WRC. 



In Memory 

Dorothy M. Myer, 74, December 27. Member 
of the Flora First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Alvin Grumbling. 

Dr. Bruce C. Stark, 70, December 16. Dr. Stark 
taught Old Testament and Hebrew at Ashland 
Theological Seminary from 1959 to 1971, be- 
came professor of philosophy at Ashland Univer- 
sity in 1971, and served as chairman of the 
philosophy department at AU from 1977 until his 
retirement in 1984. He served as pastor of the 
North Georgetown, Ohio, Brethren Church for a 
time, preached and held services in numerous 
Brethren churches, and was known by many 
Brethren. He is survived by his wife, Tena, and 
their six children. 

Cletis Ulbricht, 83, December 6. Member for 76 
years of the South Bend First Brethren Church. 
Services by Pastor Larry R. Baker. 
Mayme S. (Mrs. Everett) Miller, 94, November 
27. Faithful member of and worker in the New 
Paris First Brethren Church, where she played the 
violin for church services until she was 86 years 
old. Services by Pastor Harold Walton and Rev. 
Robert Bischof. 

Clodean Robbins, 72, November 20. Member 
of the Waterloo First Brethren Church. Services 
by Rev. Gene Burry. 

Lulu E. O'Neill, 93, November 17. Longtime 
member of the Waterloo First Brethren Church. 
Services by interim pastor Rev. Terry Rediger. 
Mrs. Edith Culp, November 1 1 . Lifetime mem- 
ber of the Ft. Scott Brethren Church. 

Weddings 

Gloria Williams to Danney Martin, December 
8, at the United Methcxlist Church; Dean Benton, 



pastor of the Cerro Gordo Brethren Church, 
officiating. Members of the Cerro Gordo Breth- 
ren Church. 

Crystal J. Weiler to Denver R. Miller, Novem- 
ber 24, at the Sarasota First Brethren Church; 
Pastor Daniel Gray officiating. 
Dena Jean Manning to William Christopher 
Sparks, November 17, at the Tabernacle Baptist 
Church; Dean Benton, pastor of the Cerro Gordo 
Brethren Church, officiating. Members of the 
Cerro Gordo Brethren Church. 
Lena L. Franklin to Rev. Albert O. Curtright, 
October 1 3, in Boyd, Texas. Groom a member of 
the Cheyerme, Wyo., Brethren Church and an 
ordained Brethren elder. The Cheyenne Brethren 
Church held a reception for the newlyweds on 
November 25. 

Janice Werner to Doug Kelsey, July 7, at the 
Loree Brethren Church; Pastor Ronald L. Waters 
officiating. Bride a member of the Loree 
Brethren Church. 

Goldenaires 

Emerson and Ollene Strebin, 55th, December 
25. Members of the Loree Brethren Church. 
Ross and Edna Lorenz, 50th, December 24. 
Members of the Loree Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Saint James: 7 by baptism 

Cerro Gordo: 2 by transfer 

Pleasant View: 2 by transfer 

Muncie: 4 by biiptism, 2 by transfer 

Linwood: 4 by baptism, 2 by transCer 

Ardmore: 1 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

New Lebanon: 7 by baptism, 2 by transfer 

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Developing a Global Vision 




God's Overseas Initiative 



GOD knows no borders when it 
comes to drawing people to 
Himself. In fact, an overseas trip is 
sometimes just the ticket to salva- 
tion for some people. We can only 
speculate why. 

You may have seen the article by 
Los Angeles Times reporter Ger- 
aldine Baum, who in early Jan- 
uary chronicled a kind of spiritual 
awakening among U.S. troops in 
Saudi Arabia. 

Real spirituality 

"In 25 years in the Army I have 
never seen as much spirituality," 
Col. Dave Peterson told Baum. 
Peterson is chief of nearly 1,000 
chaplains for U.S. troops in the 
Persian Gulf. 

From last August until early 
January, an estimated 1,000 sol- 
diers made personal decisions for 
Christ. A Pentagon official called 
these conversions "bona fide reli- 
gious experiences, where a person 
stands up right there in the desert 
and says, 'I believe in the Lord.'" 

In the same article. Baptist 
chaplain Jeff Houston was quoted 
as saying, "Are these conversions 
real — or are they merely emotion- 
al decisions coming out of the fear 
of the moment? I do not know. I'll 
leave that question to God. 

"One thing I can say for sure, the 
Christians have begun to stand out 
like beacons and have become a 
rallying point for soldiers." 

Some chaplains linked the spir- 
itual openness among U.S. troops 
to fear, loneliness, and boredom, 
among other things. And one 



chaplain even said, "This place, 
this cradle of Western religious 
civilization . . . seems to call a man 
deep down in his religious con- 
sciousness." 

This last explanation might be a 
bit shaky. But we can't dispute 
that many U.S. men and women 
who previously couldn't have cared 
less are suddenly getting inter- 
ested in the Bible and the Chris- 
tian life thousands of miles from 
home. 

In an equally encouraging foot- 
note to the Persian Gulf crisis, ob- 
servers report similar spiritual 
stirrings among Muslims fleeing to 
Jordanian refugee camps. In fact, 
a number of Muslim refugees have 
reportedly professed personal faith 
in Christ — for them a much more 
drastic step than for the U.S. 
troops. Again, one seriously ques- 
tions whether these people would 
have found Christ back home and 
under normal circumstances. 

More examples 

There are countless examples of 
God's international search for 
souls. I know a young man from 
Australia who kicked around Latin 
America, living out of a backpack 
and getting high on drugs. After 
his fun came to an abrupt end in 
El Salvador, where guerrillas 
nearly did him in, the Aussie back- 
packer began searching for God 
and ultimately professed faith in 
Christ. Today this one-time vaga- 
bond is a missionary in Mexico. 

I think of Uruguay, where at 
least one-third of the population 



are self-professing atheists or ag- 
nostics. An evangelical pastor in 
Montevideo, the capital city, told 
me his church had struggled for 
years. 

The pastor, however, knew sev- 
eral Uruguayan young people who 
had gone to the United States for 
college studies and there made 
personal decisions for Christ. One 
such student wrote the pastor, 
describing his conversion and ex- 
pressing his desire to return home. 

The pastor strongly urged the 
young convert to stay in the U.S. 
until he (the student) could become 
stronger in his new faith. The 
spiritual hardness and negative in- 
fluences in Uruguay could prove 
disastrous to a baby Christian's 
faith, the pastor believed. 

I also think of a Peruvian friend 
who met Christ while studying 
communications at the University 
of Washington. Later he returned 
to Peru, received further training, 
and became the pastor of a large 
evangelical church in Lima. 

International search 

Perhaps when we live outside 
our native country, all of our 
defenses are stripped away. 
Without friends, family, and 
familiar surroundings, we are 
more vulnerable. We may be more 
open and able to hear God's soft, 
persistent voice. 

But without trying to explain the 
"international conversion phenom- 
enon," we can be sure of God's 
sovereign control of nations and 
lives. Even in international crises. 
He brings glory to Himself — the 
Persian Gulf conversions to Christ 
being the most recent example. 

God sets no arbitrary boundaries 
between peoples or nations. To 
Him "there is neither Jew nor 
Greek." Every human being needs 
peace with God through Christ. 

I'm glad we aren't puppets and 
that God gives us the free will to 
choose to follow Him. But I'm also 
glad that God took the initiative by 
sending Christ to die for our sins. 
And I'm glad that no matter where 
we Eire — in Wabash, Indiana, or 
Oshkosh, Wisconsin — God knows 
our spiritual condition. He may 
even send us halfway across the 
world to give us a chance to know 
His Son Jesus. [f] 

The Brethren Evangelist 




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Features 

Why Don't Churches Grow? by Jerrald Wilson 4 

Church growth is difficult because it requires us to overcome our self- 

centeredness and to make sacrifices for the sake of others. 

Defining Our Priorities by Ronald W. Waters 5 

This second article in a series on the General Conference goals for local 

churches looks at the importance of plainning. 

What Are We Leaving Behind? by David Kerner 6 

A question each of us should ask ourselves as we make our journey 

through life. 

In Word and Deed: New Life From an Old Faithful Friend 10 

by David Oligee 

As we look for new methods of evangelism, we shouldn't overlook the 

tried and true value of the Sunday school. 

Is Your Bookmark Moving? by Gary B. Swanson 11 

Suggestions to help you get your Bible off the shelf and into your life. 

From Suffering to Song by Julia Flora 12 

Experiences in the lives of four hymn writers can help us gain the 

courage to overcome the tragedies and hardships that enter our lives. 

Ten Commandments of Volunteerism by Win Am 13 

Volunteers are available to help in the ministry of the church, but we 

need to know how to use them successfully. 



Outreach Ministries 

14 



Ministry Pages 

Evangelism and Church Grow^th: The Heart of the 

Christian Life 
Church Relations: Building Spiritual Relationships 
by Ralph Gibson and Ronald W. Waters 
Social Responsibilities: New^ Goals, Renew^ed Purpose 
Parners and Friends: A New Opportunity to Give 
Questions and Answ^ers 



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Departments 

Update 

Children's Page by Erica Weidenhamer 

From the Grape Vine 



19 
21 
23 



Answers to Little Crusader Page: 

People Jesus Loved: You should have matched Matthew 8:5-13 with A 
Roman soldier; Luke 8:42-48 with A bleeding woman; Mark 5:1-20 with Man 
with demons; Matthew 15:21-28 with Canaanite woman; Mark 3:1-6 with 
Man with a paralyzed hand; Mark 10:17-31 with Rich young man; John 
4:1-30 with Samaritan woman; John 11:28-44 with Lazarus, a friend; and 
Mark 2:13-17 with Levi, a tax collector. 



Why Don't 
Churches 




IT NEVER CEASES to amaze me 
how easy it is for churches to grow — 
and yet how hard! Almost every church 
you can think of has grown 10, 20, 30, 
even 50 percent or more. It has probably 
done so several times! But each time it 
fell back to nearly its original size in a 
relatively short period of time. After 
several such cycles, the congregation 
shows little or no net gain for the 
kingdom, and sometimes a loss. 

Why is this so? Why is it so easy to 
begin to grow and yet so difficult to 
continue that same growth? 

As a long-time student of church 
growth, I find the answer to be much 
like the question — both easy and hard. 
Many will recognize the following 
scenario: 

Unexpected growth 

A church begins to grow for no ap- 
parent reason. The growth comes easy, 
with little or no effort. Then after a few 
months or years, a crisis develops in the 
congregation, and attendance falls back 
to its former level. Many times the pas- 
tor leaves. Sometimes he does so before 
the decline; sometimes afterwards. 

This initial, easy growth comes al- 
most by accident for many congrega- 
tions. It seems to occur without effort or 

Rev. Wilson, an ordained minister in 
the Church of the Brethren, attends the 
Waterbrook Brethren Church of Edin- 
burg, Va., where he serves in a consult- 
ant function. During 1990 the Water- 
brook Church experienced approxi- 
mately a 70% increase in attendance. 



by 
Jerrald 
Wilson 



even a decision to grow on the church's 
part. Because of this, many people con- 
clude that growth is strictly a blessing of 
the Holy Spirit and that it cannot be in- 
fluenced by human efforts. They are 
partly right — the part about the bless- 
ing of the Holy Spirit, that is. It is their 
logic that is faulty. Our efforts do have 
a major effect on whether or not the 
blessing continues! 

So why DOES a church mysteriously 
grow for a while and then stop growing 
just as mysteriously? 

The answer is as easy as the early 
growth, and it is as difficult to act upon 
as it is to continue that same growth! To 
see why, let's look further at the above 
scenario: 

Almost anything can trigger a new 
growth spurt: a successful Christmas 
program that gained attention outside 
the congregation; a new subdivision in 
the community; or perhaps a midweek, 
after-school program that was intended 
for church youth only, but which be- 
came popular with other young people 
as well. 

The "new-pastor high" 

For many congregations, a growth 
spurt begins with the coming of a new 
pastor. What typically takes place is 
called the "new-pastor high." No one 
does anything special or decides to do 
anything different. Interest in the new 
man simply makes some irregular 
attenders more regular. As a result, 
attendance grows. 

Over a period of months — or per- 
haps a year or two — choir attendance 



picks up. A new Sunday school class is 
started. A young married fellowship is 
organized. 

Suddenly there are lots of new faces 
in worship. Too many new faces! Too 
many new ideas! Too many new 
demands on tired lay leaders! These 
new people seem to want to take over. 
They are ruining OUR fellowship. We 
are losing control of OUR church! 

The ensuing turmoil upsets most of 
the newcomers, who think such infight- 
ing does not belong in the church. So 
they leave. The pastor usually leaves 
too. So the congregation, now back to 
about its original size, is ready to start 
over again with the next new pastor. 
They hope it will be different this time. 
Unfortunately, it won't be. 

The situation won't change UNLESS 
the congregation takes a more positive 
attitude from the start. And that's the 
hard part! 

Conditions for change 

Can long-time church leaders and 
patriarchs deliberately be unselfish in 
serving the congregation? Or will they 
insist on serving themselves? For in- 
stance, will they insist on having only 
one worship service to avoid dividing 
the fellowship (self-serving), or will 
they encourage two services in order to 
provide room for new people and more 
opportunities for involvement (serving 
others)? 

As new {people join the congregation, 
will they be regarded as second-class 
citizens who must stay in their place? 
Or will they be welcomed into the ranks 
of leadership? Will they hear the seven 
last words of the church ("We've never 
done it that way before!" ["And we 
don't intend to start now!"])? Or will 
their needs and ideas be heard and 
heeded? 

Will an associate minister be hired? If 
so, will he be permitted to expand the 
organization in order to serve more new 
people? Or will his assignment be to 
serve the existing organization for the 
benefit of the current members? 

Furthermore, for growth to continue, 
the congregation must provide new 
space for more new people. It must pro- 
vide parking space; pew space; Sunday 
school space; space for other small 
groups. And most importantly, it must 
provide SOCIAL SPACEl Unless new 
people see places where they can fit in 
without disturbing those already there, 
very few will continue in attendance 
and become part of the congregation. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Must there be chairs in the aisles for 
six months before adding more room or 
having two services is considered? Or 
will the church decide ahead of time to 
make these changes before attendance 
reaches the comfortably full range (85 
percent of main seating capacity)? To 
keep new people coming at a steady 



been shared verbally is contradicted and 
negated by the lack of caring. No 
amount of good preaching or other pas- 
toral work can overcome a self-centered 
congregation. 

It is a disservice to both Christ and 
His church to share the gospel with 
people, invite them to accept Jesus as 



Wo amount of good preaching or other pastoral 
work can overcome a self-centered congregation." 



pace, prior planning is essential. As 
wonderful as a full sanctuary may seem, 
overcrowding drives people away! 

In the letter to the church at Ephesus 
recorded in Revelation 2:4-5, John 
writes: "But I have this against you, that 
you have abandoned the love you had at 
first. Remember then from what you 
have fallen, repent and do the works you 
did at first. If not, I will come to you 
and remove your lampstand from its 
place, unless you repent" (RSV). 

In church-growth terms, if the people 
of the congregation do not love visitors 
enough to provide a place for them, then 
they have not shared Christ's love with 
them at all! The gospel that may have 



Lord and to join the congregation, then 
have the congregation give them a cold 
shoulder, refuse to make room for them, 
and fail to meet their needs. This causes 
them to leave with a bitter taste in their 
mouth. Yet every church has dropouts, 
and nine out of ten of them share an 
animosity toward the church. Anyone 
who has heard a former attender speak 
of "the hypocrites in that church" can 
witness to the reality of this animosity. 
Jesus said, "Whoever causes one of 
these little ones who believe in me to 
sin, it would be better for him if a great 
millstone were hung round his neck and 
he were thrown into the sea" (Mark 
9:42, RSV). This is as applicable to a 



congregation as it is to an individual. 
Evangelism is a team project. The 
decision to accept or reject the new 
people God blesses us with is remade 
with each new need brought about by 
growth. 

As stated above, this is the difficult 
part. When the congregation stops 
providing growing space, growth stops. 
The church in essence has said, "Stop, 
LORD! We've been blessed enough! 
We don't want any more." So the Holy 
Spirit stops sending new people. 

Why can't the church grow? Because 
it doesn't want to! 

Adding people to most congregations 
is easy. But continuing to add people is 
very very difficult. It is difficult because 
we are all selfish beings. Jesus' words in 
Luke 9:24 put our dilemma into 
perspective. Jesus said that he who 
seeks to save his life [to keep the church 
as it is] will lose it, and he who is will- 
ing to give it up for Christ's sake [to 
adapt in order to serve more people] 
will be given life more abundantly. 

The decision to grow is easy. Im- 
plementing that decision is hard. But as 
hard as it may be, the choice for the 
church is clear: Decide to grow or 
decide to die! [t] 



Defining Our Priorities 

Second in a series of articles highlighting 
the goals for local churches recommended 
by General Conference. 

Goal 1 — Planning: By March 1, 1991, implement the 
strategic planning process presented at the November 1989 
Denominational Planning Retreat (or a similar planning 
process); OR if this process was utilized in 1990, by March 
1 have the church administrative board review the mission 
statement, re-examine goals and objectives, and evaluate 
progress on strategy for implementing each objective. 

Planning is one of the most important tasks of the ad- 
ministrative board of any organization. Yet it often is 
delayed because of what some have called the "tyranny of 
the urgent" — the pressure of some present "crisis" that 
requires our immediate attention. 

However, many "crises" could be avoided if we would 
undertake a more intentional planning process. 

The 1989 Denominational Planning Retreat was devised 
with two purposes: (1) to gather pastors and other local 
church leaders to help plan and set direction for The 
Brethren Church denominationally; and (2) to train those 
same local leaders to implement the same planning process 
in their local churches. 

Many churches have a qualified lay leader who may lead 
the church through this process. However, in many in- 
stances the pastor will be the person most likely to initiate 



and lead this process. For planning to be successful, how- 
ever, it must have the broad support of all who exercise a 
leadership role in the church. 

And it requires broad participation. Plans developed by 
only a few people will seem to be imposed on the con- 
gregation unless the entire church has had opportunity to 
share ideas and suggestions. 

In talking with pastors and reading church newsletters, 
we have been pleased at the growing number of churches 
who are taking the "planning plunge." Pastor Steve Cole's 
article (December 1990 Evangelist, "Strategic Planning 
Retreats Work") describes the benefits derived by one 
Brethren church. If your church has already completed the 
process, it is now time to evaluate the results and to answer 
these questions: 

(1) What decisions did we make that proved to be ac- 
curate? 

(2) Where has our implementation of plans been suc- 
cessful/unsuccessful? 

(3) What alterations should we make in our plans? 

(4) What new challenges require our attention now? 
There is an old adage which says, "If we fail to plan, we 

plan to fail." Because we are charged with the most impor- 
tant task in the world, we dare not fail! 

May your church be blessed as you implement a Spirit- 
directed, prayer-supported planning process in your local 
church. 

— Ronald W. Waters, Director of Brethren Church 
Ministries 



February 1991 



What Are We 
Leaving Behind? 




Howard Mack 



By David Kerner 



DURING the past few months 
while we've been on fvirlough, 
Diane and I have had fun travel- 
ing. The Missionary Board gra- 
ciously provided us with a Chevy 
Citation, and it's been a marvelous 
little car. We've had fun visiting 
various Brethren chvirches. 

But as we have traveled, one 
question keeps coming up. When 
we are done speaking in a church, 
after the carry- in meal is over, and 
we are in the car headed down the 
turnpike, the question always pops 
up, "What are we leaving behind?" 

We know we've forgotten some- 
thing. What is it? Is it one of our 
childrens' toys, that they will cry 
about for three weeks until some- 
body returns it to us? Did we leave 
underwear on the doorknob of the 
bathroom? We rack our brains for 
several miles trying to think if 
there's anything back there that 
shouldn't be — some evidence that 
we were once at that church. 

All summer long we've been ask- 
ing, "What have we left behind?" 
Many of you came to Conference 
with boxes and bags of things that 
we left behind, and we are very 
grateful. 

A question we each should ask 

"What have we left behind?" It's 
a question each of us should ask 
ourselves more often as we journey 

Rev. Kerner is a Brethren missionary 
serving in Colombia, South America. 

This article is an edited transcription 
of a message he presented during the 
Missionary Board banquet at the 1990 
General Conference last August. 

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through life. "What are we leaving 
behind as we travel £iround?" 

Everywhere we go people notice 
us. As Christians, we are to be a 
peculiar people. (For some of us 
that's easier than for others!) But 
as Christians, what kind of record 
are we leaving behind? When we 
retire and leave a job, what record 
do we leave? What attitudes? What 
images do we leave in the minds of 
the people we've worked with? 

As we drive through a town, are 
we cheerful? Do we smile at every- 
one on Monday mornings on our 
way to work? We need to realize 
that everywhere we go, we leave 
evidence that we have been there. 
But the question is. Have we left 
evidence that we are God's people? 

My text for this message is taken 
from the third and fourth chapters 
of the Book of Joshua. As the Book 
of Joshua opens, Moses, the serv- 
ant of the Lord, has passed away. 
The people of Israel are a little 
nervous. They are thinking, "God 
was with us as long as Moses was 
alive. But what will happen to us 
now? We were promised the Land 
of Canaan, but we're not there yet. 
We are right at the border. But 
what happens to us now?" 

Chapter two of Joshua tells how 
spies were sent into Jericho and 
how they returned saying, "Yes, 
we believe the Lord will deliver 
this town into our hands." Then 
chapters three and four of the book 
tell about Israel's actually crossing 
into the Promised Land — how the 
waters of the Jordan River stopped 
flowing and the people walked 
across on dry land. 



When the whole nation of Israel 
had finished crossing the Jordan, 
the Lord commanded Joshua to 
choose twelve men from among the 
people, one from each tribe, and to 
tell them to return to the Jordan 
and to take up twelve stones from 
the middle of the river, from right 
where the priests had stood while 
the people walked across. These 
stones were then to be set up as a 
memorial for the people of Israel, 
as a reminder to them, their 
children, and their children's 
children of how the Lord cut off the 
waters of the Jordan so that they 
could go across on dry land. 

A reminder of an amazing event 

The children of Israel here went 
through an amazing experience. 
As a reminder of that experience, 
the Lord told them to set up this 
pile of stones. This was a reminder 
to them that the Lord their God 
was a God of power. He was not 
some local tribal deity, but Lord of 
all the earth. These stones would 
also be a memorial to future gener- 
ations, that they, too, might know 
that the God of Israel is the Lord 
of heaven and earth. 

All of us need to consider from 
time to time what sort of memorial 
we are piling up for those who will 
follow us. For certainly, if the Lord 
continues to tarry, we are not the 
last generation of The Brethren 
Church. Therefore we need to con- 
sider very carefully what will 
remain when our lives are over. 

Surely each of us has received 
many memorials — numerous 
signposts along the paths of our 

The Brethren Evangelist 



We have inherited a rich tradition from men and women in the past 
who walked with God and who left markers for us along the path/' 



lives. God has given each of us rich 
experiences of his grace, reaffirma- 
tions of His mercy, and experi- 
ences of His love. We've seen His 
power. We've seen His spirit 
moving. We've felt His presence in 
our lives. What memorial will we 
leave behind of these things? What 
memorial will remain to bear tes- 
timony that God was in my life? To 
bear witness that I saw Him; that 
I knew His power? 

As I think about my own ex- 
periences growing up in The 
Brethren Church, various men and 
women come to mind who helped 
to shape me. I'm certain that many 
of them would be surprised to 
learn of the part they played. I'm 
sure that many from Roann — who 
saw me ride my bicycle up past the 
grain elevator — never gave it a 
thought that I would one day be 
living in Bogota, Colombia. It 
never crossed my mind either! 

I've grown up in a brotherhood 
that has given me love, support, 
and prayers over the years. I owe 
you a great debt of gratitude. My 
thanks to many, many of you who 
have been God's people in my life 



— men and women of witness; 
men and women who have been a 
model which I could follow. 

A rich heritage 

All of us have been given 
memorials along the way — people 
who have come into our lives. As a 
denomination, as a body of 
believers, we have also been given 
a rich heritage. 

On a very cold, rainy, predawn 
morning, the Brethren sat on the 
docks of Amsterdam ready to leave 
Holland. They were worried. They 
were a missionary people, a people 
who had given up a great number 
of things to follow the will of the 
Lord. Many of them had left be- 
hind rich farmland in Germany, 
beautiful, well-kept farms that had 
been in their families for genera- 
tions. Others had been thrown out 
of work because of their stand for 
Jesus Christ. Still others had been 
imprisoned and forced to do hard 
labor for as long as three to four 
years. All because they had said, 
"We must obey the words of Jesus 
Christ. When He commands, we 
have no option; we must obey." 




The Kemer family — Dave and Diane with their children (I. to r.) Erin, Joel, 
and Karla — in a photo taken while they were on furlough. 

February 1991 



They moved to Holland to escape 
the persecution in Germany, but 
after several years in Holland, 
they become worried. Their chil- 
dren could no longer speak their 
native language. When they met 
Grandma and Grandpa, they 
couldn't converse with them. They 
were loosing their mother tongue. 
They thought, "We aire living in a 
foreign culture among a foreign 
people, and we're loosing our 
heritage." 

So they were setting out for the 
colony of William Penn, who of- 
fered them religious freedom and 
plenty of open land. As they sat on 
the docks, they were certainly a 
miserable crew. They were leaving 
behind forever the world they had 
known and were traveling off to a 
world they could not even imagine. 
They wondered, "Will God be with 
us?" 

Let us journey on 

As they waited, they sang a 
h3min together. Tradition says the 
hymn they sang was entitled, Let 
Us Journey On. This hymn begins, 
"Brothers, let us journey on . . . ," 
and the gist of the song is: We 
have left the things of the old life 
behind. They are dead to us now. 
We no longer live that life. Let us 
journey on together in the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ. 

Yes, memorials have been set up 
from which you and I benefit. We 
benefit from a heritage of people 
who were willing to suffer for the 
sake of Jesus Christ. Our lives are 
blessed by the example of people 
who were willing to say that the 
most important thing in life is not 
success. We are challenged by 
people who said that the most im- 
portant thing for their children 
was not that they have a wonder- 
ful career, but that they know 
Jesus Christ as Lord and obey all 
of His commandments. 

We have inherited a rich tradi- 
tion from men and women in the 
past who walked with God and 
who left markers for us along the 
path. Therefore let us ask our- 



How can we be God's people, affirming our love for 
the Scriptures, when we rarely open them?'' 



selves, "What markers will this 
generation of The Brethren 
Church be able to leave behind?" 

Are we people of integrity? 

We say we are people who do not 
believe in swearing. Many of us 
would proudly say in a courtroom, 
"I do not swear, but I will affirm." 
And yet the whole point of Jesus' 
teaching to His disciples on this 
subject is that we be people of 
honesty. He said, "Let your yes be 
yes and your no be no." 

Nevertheless, year after year 
men and women of The Brethren 
Church attend General Conference 
and sign a credential which says 
on the back, "As a delegate to the 
General Conference of The Breth- 
ren Chiorch, I pledge to support the 
decisions and the institutions of 
this Conference." 

Do we think so little of our in- 
tegrity that we sign our names and 
then go back to our churches and 
complain about what has been 
done at the Conference? Is that the 
marker we leave for the next 
generation? Are we no longer a 
people of our word who speak 
honestly with one another? 

What kind of memorial do we 
leave the next generation when 
Brethren elders and pastors run 
down the church in their own con- 
gregations? We've lost our sense of 
Christian community wherein we 
realize that we are responsible to 
one other. We certainly are aware 
of this responsibility in Colombia 
because our ministry has to be 
visible to you. We have to give an 
account for what's going on there. 

All of us in our own personal 
lives are also responsible to one 
another. If you see that I am not 
living a Christian life, Jesus com- 
mands you to speak to me about it. 
Likewise, if I have a problem with 
you and am madder than hops, 
Jesus commands me to speak to 
you about it. We need to be people 
who are accountable to one 
another, people who live with in- 
tegrity. If we can't do that even 
among ourselves, how can we do it 

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with the world around us? 

We're people who claim to 
believe in nonviolence, and we cer- 
tainly get upset at the violence in 
the world around us today. And 
yet, even as we subscribe to the so- 
cial theories of the day on how to 
have a nonviolent society, we con- 
tinue to practice violence among 
ourselves through name-calling, 
backbiting, and verbal attacks. 

Are we really nonviolent people 
in our attitudes? Are we really 
nonviolent people in the way we 
react with those at work, at school, 
and in ovir own families? 

We need to get back to the roots 
of this. Even though we are a 
peace-loving people, that peace 
must begin in o\ir own lives. Noth- 
ing ever taught me to watch my 
tongue in traffic more than having 
three children. Even when I think 
they are asleep, I hear little voices 
in the back repeating things: "Get 
out of the way, lady!" 

Are we people of the Book? 

We say that we love the word of 
God, and yet we miss the point en- 
tirely that as Anabaptists the cen- 
tral point of the Scriptures is Jesus 
Christ — not the State of Israel; 
not even the sovereignty of God 
and the free will of man. "Jesus 
Christ is Lord" is our primary af- 
firmation. Yet on our church sta- 



in remarks preceding his mes- 
sage, Missionary Kerner extended 
greetings, love, and prayers to the 
Brethren in the United States from 
The Brethren Church of Colombia. 
He reported that one of the projects 
in several of the Brethren congrega- 
tions in Colombia during the past 
year v/as to pray for each of the 
Brethren congregations in the United 
States. They divided up the al- 
phabetical list of congregations and 
prayed for each congregation on the 
list sometime during the year. 

Rev, Kerner said that the Brethren 
In Colombia are very serious about 
prayer, and he added that they 
would v/ant to know that the 
Brethren in the U.S. are supporting 
them in their prayers as well. 



tionery we quote parts of verses, 
taking them out of context, simply 
because they look nice. 

Our motto is, "The Bible, the 
whole Bible and nothing but the 
Bible." But in the evening it's liter- 
ally anything but the Bible. "I'm 
not going to sit down and read that 
when I come home from work." 
How can we be God's people, af- 
firming our love for the Scriptures, 
when we rarely open them? 

Do our families know that we 
love the word of God? Do the 
people at work see the evidence of 
God's word at work in our lives? 
What record do we leave for those 
who follow? What are we leaving 
behind? 

Is Jesus really our Lord? 

We claim that Jesus Christ is 
Lord, and yet do we really allow 
Him to be Lord? We have somehow 
turned God into all kinds of things. 
A man from a Brethren church 
told me about his experience at a 
shopping mall during a pouring 
rain. He didn't want to park at a 
distance and have to walk through 
the rain, so he drove auround and 
around looking for a spot close to 
Sears. Finally, in despair, he 
prayed about it, "Lord, grant me a 
parking space." And behold, when 
he came around the next turn, 
there was a parking space right by 
the door. 

Wonderful! God is no longer 
Lord; He is a parking valet at 
Sears. What are we doing with 
God? John F. Kennedy was more 
Anabaptist in his statement about 
America than many of us are in 
our commitment to the church. We 
no longer say, "What can I do for 
my church?" Instead we say, "My 
church isn't doing things correct- 

What are we leaving behind? 
What record do we leave to show 
that we believe that Jesus is Lord 
and we are willing to follow His 
call in our lives? 

Everywhere I've gone this sum- 
mer I've had sincere people try to 
talk me out of going back to 

The Brethren Evangeust 



'Jesus is Lord' means I do what God calls me to do. 
I don't do what I would choose to do in life." 



Colombia. Many of them, I'm sure, 
were well-intentioned. But what 
they seemed to be saying is that I 
could be doing something valuable. 
Why enre you going back to Colom- 
bia? Why do you waste your life on 
miissions. You'll never have a 
BMW working for Jim Black. It 
just won't happen. You'll never get 
your Ph.D. from Harvard if you 
work for the Missionary Board. 

Do we teach costly discipleship? 

What are we teaching our chil- 
dren? What values Eire we passing 
on to them? What signposts are we 
leaving as the people of God in this 
generation? Do they understand 
that we believe in a costly dis- 
cipleship, a discipleship that says 
we leave all behind at baptism? 
That old person is dead. We rise to 
a new sort of life. "Jesus is Lord" 
means I do what God calls me to 
do. I don't do what I would choose 
to do in life. 

Let me tell you, if I could choose 
to do anything I wanted to in life, 
I would be God's apostle to Benny 
Cupp's junkyard in Elkton, Va. I 
love junkyards. I love walking 
around looking at old cars, won- 
dering if I could put them back on 
the road. If I could really do any- 
thing I wanted to, I would live the 
rest of my life in a junkyard. 

The closest I ever come to that, 
however, was with a car I had 
while I was in seminary. God has 
not allowed me to be an apostle to 
the junkyard. 

Where do we get off telling God 
what we will or will not do? God, I 
won't go to seminary because I 
can't handle Greek. I can't be a 
missionary because I can't speak 
Spanish. God doesn't require us to 
do things that we cannot do. He 
simply asks us to do what we can 
do because He knows very well the 
gifts and abilities He has given us. 
He says, "Use what you've got." 

Many people have told me this 
summer, "I could never be a mis- 
sionary to Colombia." Amen! I 
could never bake an apple pie for a 
church carry-in. If we tried to 

February 1991 



switch, we'd all be in trouble. 

You can do many things for The 
Brethren Church. What are you 
doing? What memorials are we 
building? What are we leaving be- 
hind? Is Jesus Christ really Lord 
or is He not? 

What account will we give? 

None of us know how many days 
we have in this life. I'm diabetic. 
My days on this earth may be very 
limited. I had two good friends who 
went to be with the Lord this last 
year, Becky Grumbling Munoz and 
David Lee Slabaugh. We don't 
know the number of our days. But 
when they are gone, we must give 
an account of each one of them to 
our Lord. What will we have left 
along the way? What signposts will 
remain? 

Will people really be able to say, 
"Yes, The Brethren Church was 
here, and God was in the midst, 
moving with power, m^oving by His 
Spirit"? Will they know that this 
was a church that believes in the 
Lordship of Christ? 

What memorials do we leave our 
children? Do we only leave them 
with a desire to move on and do 
better than their parents have 
done? Or, like the Brethren sitting 
in the rain on the docks of Amster- 
dam, is it our prayer that our 
children will follow the Lord no 
m.atter where He leads, no matter 
what He asks them to do? 

In Joshua chapter 4, beginning 
at verse 19, we read: 

On the tenth day of the first month 
the people went up from the Jordan 
and camped at Gilgal on the eastern 
border of Jericho. And Joshua set up 
at Gilgal the twelve stones they had 
taken out of the Jordan. He said to the 
Israelites, "In the future when your 
descendants ask their fathers, ' What 
do these stones mean ? ' tell them, 'Is- 
rael crossed the Jordan [not wading 
through hut J on dry ground. For the 
Lord your God dried up the Jordan 
before you until you had crossed over. 
The Lord your God did to the Jordan 
just what he had done to the Red Sea 
vv. 19-23, Niy 



The Lord did not abandon His 
people midway. He was with them 
still. Furthermore, He did this 
with one purpose (and notice the 
missionary thrust): 

"He did this so that all the peoples 
of the earth might know that the hand 
of the Lord is powerful and so that 
you might always fear the Lord your 
God. " Josh. 4:24, Niv 

How can we be people who will 
leave behind a marker saying that 
God was in our midst and that we 
experienced His power? We cer- 
tainly can't do it unless we are 
people who are on our knees with 
the word of God open. If we don't 
submit to the word of God, if it 
never enters our lifes, we can cer- 
tainly not follow God's will. 

Nor can we be God's people and 
leave a memorial behind if we 
shrink back from the missionary 
opportunities that are opening up 
all over the world. There may be 
danger involved in certain situa- 
tions, but to tell you the truth, I 
feel much more at home in Medel- 
lin, Colombia, than on the streets 
of Gary, Indiana, at night. Where 
is danger and how do we rate it? 
And is that what's really impor- 
tant anyway? 

Are we being faithful? 

Our Lord is at work in our world, 
promising to build our church. He 
only asks that we be faithful as 
His people to raise up a memorial, 
so that all people of the world 
might know that Jesus Christ is 
Lord and that we are His people. 

The next time you go away and 
are packing up things getting 
ready to return home, this ques- 
tion will be running through your 
mind as well, "What are we leav- 
ing behind? What will people find 
in this room when we're gone? 
What am I leaving behind?" 

Brothers and sisters, may that 
question be in our hearts as well. 
Let us continually be asking our- 
selves, "What memorial are we 
leaving behind for the generations 
that follow which says, 'Jesus is 
Lord'?" [f] 




New Life 



From an Old Faithful Friend 



By David Oligee 



WHILE SERVING on the 
Evangelism and Church 
Growth Commission for the past 
three years, I have had the 
privilege of taking part in many 
meetings concerning the monu- 
mental task of our commission. 
Ideas and plans have been shared, 
both immediate and long-range. 

Endless questions 

Many questions have been 
asked: "Will the same method of 
evangelism work for any size 
church?" "What is the best meth- 
od?" "Will a particular plan work 
better in a country church as op- 
posed to a big city church?" The 
questions are endless. 

Lists have been compiled (end- 
less, as well) of books which may 
be obtained to help the local pastor 
and church. Lists have been made 
of pastors and denominational 
leaders who are available for 
revival services or church-growth 
seminars. These lists have been 
published and re-published. 

At the Denominational Planning 
Retreat held in November 1989 at 
Beulah Beach, it was discerned by 
pastors and lay leaders alike that 
evangelism and church growth 
need our primary attention in the 
decade of the 90's. To this end, 
while long-range plans are in place 
(such as having model churches in 
different districts), the commission 
has been led to share some proce- 
dures that are working now and 
which can be implemented imme- 
diately, regardless of the size or 
locality of your church. 

Rev. Oligee, pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church of West Alexandria, Ohio, 
chairs the Evangelism and Church 
Growth Commission. 

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In the denomination of which I 
was previously a member (South- 
ern Baptist), the Sunday school 
was viewed as one of the greatest, 
if not the greatest, evangelistic 
tools in the church. Now please do 
not flip the page to the next article 
in this issue! Don't say, "Ho-hum, 
another crusader for Sunday 
school!" If we use the wisdom and 
creativity that God has supplied, 
the Sunday school can be a major 
influence for evangelism and 
church growth in the local congre- 
gation. 

In this era of "small groups," 
many folks are rushing to Chris- 
tian bookstores to get the latest 
publication on how to start and or- 
ganize a "small-group ministry" in 
their church. Let me remind you 
that the Sunday school has been 
organized and established in the 
vast majority of our Brethren 
churches for many years. With a 
few changes, our Sunday schools 
can be a major means of evan- 
gelism for our denomination. 

Consider the following: 

(1) Contrary to what many 
believe, Sunday school is not 
"booorrring." The Scriptures, when 
properly taught by a well- 
prepared. Spirit-led teacher, will 
bring light and insight on God's 
plan for our lives into focus. 

(2) Many people will attend Sun- 
day school who will not attend a 
preaching service for fear of being 
pressured. 

(3) Statistics show that each per- 
son enrolled in Sunday school has 
a circle of influence of at least ten 
other people. This makes the num- 
ber of prospects innumerable. 

(4) Challenge your Sunday 
school teachers to view their 



**In word and deed" is a new 

feature in the Evangelist, begun in 
last month's issue. It is sponsored 
by The Brethren Church Evangel- 
ism and Church Growth Commis- 
sion as a way of sharing innovative 
ways Brethren churches are reach- 
ing out to those (1) who have not 
yet accepted Jesus Christ as their 
saving Lord and/or (2) who are not 
affiliated with another church in 
their community. 

How is your church sharing the 
good news of Jesus Christ? We'd 
like to feature a ministry of your 
church in an upcoming column. For 
more information, contact Ronald 
W. Waters in the National Office 
(419-289-1708). 



classes as small congregations 
(small groups). Inspire them to 
have frequent class activities in 
addition to their regular meeting 
times. This will provide an oppor- 
tunity for some of the more wary 
prospects to attend, while also 
serving as a bonding time for es- 
tablished class members. 

(5) Encourage teachers to take 
part in planned church visitation, 
calling on prospects who may al- 
ready have visited the church. 
Visits and phone calls are a great 
encouragement to prospects. 

Pastor, look at your Sunday 
school program. Take time to 
evaluate it. Some minor or perhaps 
major changes may be in order. An 
exciting. Spirit-directed Sunday 
school will ultimately lead to souls 
being saved and discipleship 
taking place. 

Regardless of the size or locality 
of your church, the Sunday school 
can bring new life to your con- 
gregation! [f] 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Is Your Bookmark 



Moving? 



By Gary B. Swanson 

ALL-PRO running back Barry 
Sanders has long been known 
as a Christian who lives his 
religion. When he received a 
quarter-million-dollar bonus for 
signing to play for the Detroit 
Lions, he astounded the sports 
world by sending a ten-percent 
tithe to his home church in Kan- 
sas. 

Barry Sanders is also known for 
the importance he places on daily 
study of the Bible. During the 1989 
football season, Barry often 
dropped into head coach Wayne 
Pontes' office. Pontes always kept 
a Bible on his desk, and Barry 
would suggest Scripture verses 
that he thought would encourage 
his head coach. 

Toward the end of the season, 
Barry gently chided Coach Pontes: 
"You haven't been reading your 
Bible." 

"How do you know that?" Pontes 
asked. 

"Your bookmark," Barry said, 
"hasn't moved since August." 

Owning a Bible is one of the 
freedoms that we sometimes take 
for granted. Down through the 
centuries God's people have always 
treasured His word, but they have 
not always had access to the Scrip- 
tures as they may have wished. 

The Tyndale Bible was the first 
English New Testament to be 
printed. In 1526 the bishop of Lon- 
don ordered that anyone in Eng- 
land owning a copy of the Tyndale 
Bible (which was printed in Eur- 
ope) be excommunicated from the 
church. 

An English merchant named 
Packington, who had a large num- 

Mr. Swanson is a free-lance writer 
who lives in Silver Spring, Md. 

February 1991 




ber of the Tyndale Bibles in stock, 
sold them all to the bishop so that 
they could be burned. On the sur- 
face, this seemed like a great set- 
back for God's work. But then 
Packington turned over all the 
money he'd made from that sale to 
Tyndale, who used it to print even 
more Bibles. 

Today too many of us let the 
Bible sit on the shelf untouched for 
days, weeks, months at a time. It 
just seems as if we don't have the 
time to sit down and read the way 
we know we should. Or when we 
do get a chance to read it, we're 
either too tired or too distracted to 
give it the attention it deserves. 

Suggestions for getting started 

If you are having problems like 
these, it may help to try some of 
the following approaches to Bible 
reading. 

• Always ask God's blessing as you 
open the Bible to read it. It just 
makes good sense to seek God's 
guidance before you undertake 
any activity. Why not ask Him to 
help you find interest in and un- 
derstanding of His word? 

• With the help of a knowledgeable 
person, sample a few of the more 
recent versions of the Bible and 
select a version that appeals to you 
and that seems most easily under- 
standable. The aim is to see what 
the Bible has in store for you per- 
sonally, so don't be afraid to shop 
around for one that comes closest 
to speaking your language. 

• Even though the Pour Gospels are 
in the middle of the Bible, they are 
often a good place to start. They, 
after all, are the heart of the entire 
Bible, and they may spark your 
interest in studying other portions 
of Scripture later. 



• With the aid of a concordance or a 
topical index, survey what the 
Bible says about a specific prob- 
lem that has been troubling your 
life. Anxiety, family discord, 
anger, financial difficulties, fear, 
over-eating — the Bible has unex- 
pectedly practical answers to 
everyday problems if you're will- 
ing to look for them and put them 
into use. 

• Try to set aside a certain amount 
of quiet time in your daily 
schedule for Bible study. It doesn't 
have to be a great deal of time at 
first, but you should do what you 
can to safeguard it from distrac- 
tion and interruption. 

• Whenever you get the oppor- 
tunity, share what you are reading 
and learning with someone else. 
In looking at your busy schedule, 
you may wonder when you would 
ever get the chance to discuss 
what you are reading with others. 
But God will provide. 

The Bible, after all, was given to 
us as a guide to life — a sort of 
operation manual for the Chris- 
tian. "All Scripture is God- 
breathed and is useful for 
teaching, rebuking, correcting and 
training in righteousness, so that 
the man of God may be thoroughly 
equipped for every good work" (II 
Timothy 3:16, 17; mv). 

The Bible offers the greatest of 
wisdom. It doesn't make a great 
deal of sense to claim that you are 
a Christian if you don't even 
bother to read God's word. The 
psalmist wrote, "Your word is a 
lamp to my feet and a light for my 
path" (Ps. 119:105, niv). Without 
the Bible to guide his or her 
footsteps, the Christian is sure to 
stumble. Why not begin today to 
get your bookmark moving? [j] 

11 




FROM SUFFERING 



TO SONG 



LIFE never stops to say 
please," observes Dr. Chairles 
Munson, professor emeritus of 
Ashland Theological Seminary. 
Times of difficulty and trouble 
come into our lives, even though 
unwelcome. At such times, if we 
seek God, we experience a comfort- 
ing FVesence that can change our 
suffering to song. 

This has been true in the lives of 
the writers of some of our well- 
known hymns. Horatio Spafford (It 
Is Well with My Soul), George 
Matheson (O Love That Wilt Not 
Let Me go), Elizabeth Prentiss 
(More Love to Thee, O Christ), and 
Sarah Adams (Nearer, My God, to 
Thee) are a few examples of hjrmn- 
writers who could say with David 
in Psalm 40, "He put a new song in 
my mouth, a hymn of praise to our 
God" (v. 3, Niv). 

Horatio Spafford 

Horatio Spafford (1828-1888), 
while in his forties, experienced 
two great tragedies. The first was 
a great material loss, which oc- 
curred during the Chicago fire of 
1871. The second one came two 
years later, while his wife and four 
daughters were sailing for France. 
Spafford, because of business, was 
unable to travel with them. 

In mid-ocean, the ship on which 
the Spaffords were sailing, collided 
with another large ship. Mrs. Spaf- 
ford gathered her children on deck 
and asked God, if possible, to spare 

Mrs. Flora, a member of the Ashland 
Park Street Brethren Church, works in 
the library at Ashland Theological 
Seminary, where her husband, Jerry is 
a professor. She has done extensive 
study of hymns and hymn-writers. 

12 




By Julia Flora 

their lives, but if not, to prepaire 
them to die. Within half an hour 
their ship sank, and the Spafford 
girls, along with about 220 other 
passengers, drowned. Mrs. Spaf- 
ford, after being tossed about in 
the waves for some time, was res- 
cued. The two words on her cable- 
gram to her husband were, "Saved 
alone." 

Shortly after receiving this 
cable, Spafford set sail for Europe 
to meet his wife. On the way 
across the Atlantic, he was shown 
the approximate area where his 
girls had drowned. There on the 
ship he wrote: 

When peace, like a river, attend- 

eth my way. 
When sorrows like sea billows 

roll; 
Whatever my lot. Thou has 

taught me to say, 
"It is well, it is well with my 

soul." 

George Matheson 

George Matheson (1842-1906) 
endured the suffering of a personal 
physical handicap. As a child, he 
had poor eyesight due to an in- 
flammation behind his eyes. He 
could read, but only with the help 
of powerful glasses. By the time he 
entered the University of Glasgow 
in his homeland of Scotland, how- 
ever, his eyesight was completely 
gone. 

To help her brother, Matheson's 
sister learned Greek, Latin, and 
Hebrew, and also spent four years 
in theological studies. She spent 
much of her time reading to him. 

Matheson becaime a minister in 
the Church of Scotland, where he 
was known for his deep and mean- 
ingful prayers as well as for his 



sermons with beautiful word pic- 
tures. Someone wrote about his 
prayers, that "like a skilled harper, 
he has touched every string of the 
human soul and made it chime 
into the ear of God." 

His first parish was Innellan, a 
summer retreat area. There he be- 
came so popular that two Sunday 
morning worship services were 
needed. Some years later he was 
summoned to preach before Queen 
Victoria, who afterward said that 
she was "immensely delighted 
with the sermon and the prayers." 

His well-known hymn, O Love 
That Wilt Not Let me Go, was writ- 
ten at Innellan in 1882. According 
to Matheson, it was created in a 
few minutes and "like a dayspring 
from on high." His family was 
away at the time celebrating his 
sister's marriage. Something 
known only to Matheson caused 
him "the most severe mental suf- 
fering," and the hymn was the 
fruit of that suffering. 

Elizabeth Prentiss 

Elizabeth Prentiss (1818-1878), 
author of More Love to Thee, O 
Christ, experienced the suffering 
that comes from the loss of loved 
ones. She was married to Rev. 
George Prentiss, who was called to 
serve at a seminary in New York. 

During the couple's second year 
at the seminary, two of their 
children died within a few weeks' 
time. Many years later, after her 
death, a poem was found in her 
penciled handwriting which read: 

/ thought that prattling boys 

and girls 
Would fill this empty room; 
That my rich heart would gather 

flowers 

The Brethren Evangelist 



From childhood's opening 
bloom. 
One child and two green graves 
are mine; 
This is God's gift to me; 
A bleeding, fainting, broken 
heart — 
This is my gift to Thee. 
Following this experience, she 
began a literary career. In 1853 
she wrote the first of her books for 
children. She always began her 
work with prayer, and her writings 
£ire filled with a spirit of devotion 
and strong Christian faith. By her 
letters of counsel and sympathy, 
her hymns, her Bible reading, and 
her ministries of charity and con- 
solation, Elizabeth Prentiss 
brought blessing to many. 

Sarah Flower Adams 

Sarah Flower Adams (1805- 
1848), author of Nearer, My God, 
to Thee, suffered both from an in- 
curable disease and the loss of 
loved ones. When just four years 
old, she lost her mother to tuber- 



culosis. Later, her sister, Eliza, 
came down with the disease, and 
while caring for her, Sarah herself 
contracted the disease. 

Sarah's father died when she 
was 24, and she went to live with 
the family of a man who edited a 
magazine called the Monthly 
Repository. Writing for this 
magazine began her literary 
career. She also did some acting, 
and hoped for a career in draima, 
but her illness forced her to give 
up the stage. 

Turning again to writing, she 
produced a long poem called Vivia 
Perpetua, on the sufferings of early 
Christian martyrs, published in 
1841. Vivia's conversion to Chris- 
tianity symbolizes the author's 
own devotion to high ideals that 
inspired her life. 

Sarah and Eliza worked together 
on hymns, with Sarah writing the 
hjrtnn poems and Eliza composing 
the tunes. When Sarah married 
and moved to London, her sister 
went with her. 



Nearer, My God, to Thee was 
written in response to a request by 
Sarah's pastor for a hymn that he 
could use as a closing hymn follow- 
ing a sermon about Jacob and 
Esau. Sarah wrote the hymn after 
she studied the account in Genesis 
of Jacob's dream. 

In time the tuberculosis got the 
better of Sarah, and she died at 
the age of 43, just a few years after 
the death of her sister. 

These four hymn writers could 
say with the Apostle Paul, "For 
this gospel I was appointed a 
herald and an apostle and a 
teacher, and for this reason I suf- 
fer as I do. But I Eim not ashamed, 
for I know the One in whom I 
have put my trust . . ." (II Tim. 
1:11-12). 

Life brings suffering in many 
forms — personal tragedies, physi- 
cal handicaps, loss of loved ones, 
incurable disease. But if we put 
our trust in Christ, He is always 
with us to change our suffering 
into song. [f] 



Ten Commandments of Volunteerism 

By Win Am 



Volunteerism is big. The concept appears on the 
cover of national news magazines. It gets into 
politics as "a thousand points of light." It is regular- 
ly seen in featured articles. 

Judith Helein, director of A.A.R.P.'s office of vol- 
unteer coordination, defines volunteerism as ". . . 
people reaching out with their individual talents, 
skills, and interests to help the community meet 
needs, solve problems, and assist others." 

But volunteerism is not new for the church. For 
centuries, churches and denominations have been 
powered by volunteerism — be it the various 
boards and councils, special projects, or the Sunday 
school, all are carried on by committed volunteers. 

But how can volunteers be successfully utilized? 
The following "Ten Commandments of Volunteer- 
ism" can be implemented to the benefit of any 
group. 

I. Thou shall treat all volunteers with apprecia- 
tion and respect and regularly let them know they 
are needed and appreciated. 

II. Thou shalt endeavor to personally recruit 
volunteers (for your results will be much better if 
you do). 

Dr. Arn is founder and president of Church Growth and 
of L.I.F.E., International, Monrovia, Calif. 



III. Thou shalt adequately train the volunteers 
for the tasks you would like them to perform. 

IV. Thou shalt match volunteers to the organi- 
zation and the tasks to be done. 

V. Thou shalt provide volunteers with a job 
description, describing "What the job is," "How long 
it will last," and "What needs to be known." 

VI. Thou shalt endeavor to clarify "early on" the 
expectation of the organization and of the volun- 
teer. 

VII. Thou shalt endeavor to keep volunteers 
happy, motivated, and rewarded. 

VIII. Thou shalt provide significant jobs (not 
"busy work") to be performed. 

IX. Thou shalt make volunteers feel part of a 
team effort. 

X. As an organization, thou shalt have worthy 
goals, worth the volunteers' time and effort. 

Volunteers are available to help you carry on 
your work and ministry. The Gallup organization 
found in one of its surveys that 45 percent of all 
those surveyed volunteered their time, averaging 
4.7 hours per week. They also found that many 
more would volunteer if they were personally asked 
— and asked by someone they know. What is hold- 
ing you back from establishing a good volunteer 
progreim? [j] 



February 1991 



13 



Outreach Ministries 



Evangelism and Church Growth: 

The Heart of the Christian Life 




THE PURPOSE of the Evangelism 
and Church Growth Commission 
is "to burden, stimulate, and equip 
Brethren people to share the good 
news of Jesus Christ through both 
words and actions in obedience to his 
word." 

The most recent project of the com- 
mission is to produce an on-going 
series of articles for The Brethren 
Evangelist entitled "In Word and 
Deed." The first article, "Frustrated 
Evangelism" by Rev. Patrick Velanzon 
of the Bethlehem Brethren Church, ap- 
peared on page 7 of the January Evan- 
gelist. The second article, by Rev. 
David Oligee of West Alexandria, 
Ohio, appears in this issue. 

Letting our light siiine 

When the commission met last 
October, it became clear that many 
churches are involved in evangelism, 
some in new and creative ways, others 
by making effective use of a familiar 
method. Unfortunately, too often we 
"hide our light under a bushel" about 
how we are doing evangelism. 

The purpose of "In Word and Deed" 
is to share innovative ways Brethren 
churches are reaching out to those who 
have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as 
their saving Lord and/or those who are 
not affiliated with a church in their 
community. In no way is this intended 
to create a series of "can you top this 
one?" articles. Instead, the goal is to 
stimulate our thinking and spur us as 
individuals and churches to action. 

If you have an idea for a column 
from your church or another Brethren 
church, please contact Ronald W. 
Waters in the National Office. Articles 
should be short (fit on one Evangelist 
page); focus on only one ministry, if 
possible; and grow out of actual ex- 
perience (not an untried theory). 



The commission has been frustrated 
in its desire to develop a consultative 
approach to church growth. Members 
still hope to establish two or three 
churches that might serve as models to 
other congregations in planning for 
and implementing effective outreach 
strategies. 

Consultant services 

One frustration has been finding 
resource persons to serve as consult- 
ants. Most effective pastors are so 
busy with their local church ministry 
that serving as a consultant is not 
possible. 

In its November meeting, the 
Moderator Track (General Conference 
Moderator, Moderator-Elect, and Past 
Moderator) recommended that Ronald 
W. Waters, Director of Brethren 
Church Ministries, pursue training op- 
portunities to serve in this role. Ron 



Outreach Ministries 

The Brethren Church has four 
commissions which focus on 
reaching out. Three of these — 
Evangelism and Church Growth, 
Church Relations, and Social 
Responsibilities — are the subject 
of special emphasis this month. 
The fourth — World Relief — 
receives special attention in April. 

Your financial support of 
Brethren Church Ministries makes 
the work of these commissions 
possible. 

Whether you choose to become 
a Partner in Ministry, a Friend of 
The Brethren Church, or simply to 
make a one-time gift to The 
Brethren Church, you will have a 
positive impact on the outreach 
ministries. A contributions form ap- 
pears on the back cover of this 
issue. Thank you for your support 
this month. 



was for four years pastor of a growing 
Brethren congregation. It is intended 
that Ron balance this direct ministry to 
Brethren churches with his administra- 
tive work in the national office. He 
presently conducts an "Outreach 
Through the Sunday School" seminar 
on an as-available schedule. Churches 
interested in hosting this seminar may 
contact Ron in the National Office. 

In the past, the commission has 
prepared lists of Brethren pastors 
available to lead revival services and 
other evangelism seminars. If your 
church would like a copy of this list, 
please call the National Office. 

The January 18, 1991, issue of 
Leadership Letter contains a list of up- 
coming seminars on evangelism 
and/or church growth. Many training 
programs of great value are available. 
The National Office will be happy to 
publish information on future seminars 
and welcomes your comments on 
workshops you have already attended. 

The commission also hopes to con- 
duct an evangelism and church growth 
seminar in each district before the end 
of 1992. Further planning on this and 
other ideas will take place when the 
commission meets March 16. 

The best method 

Of course, the most important evan- 
gelism method is one believer telling 
another person how to find salvation 
through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 
May the Lord bless you as you share 
your faith. 

Please contact the National Office if 
we may help you and your church in 
this most important task for believers. 
And if you have suggestions for the 
commission, please send them to Rev. 
David Oligee, West Alexandria First 
Brethren Church, 28 E. Third St., 
West Alexandria, OH 45381. [t] 



14 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Outreach Ministries 



Church Relations: 



Building Spiritual Relationships 



by Ralph Gibson and Ronald W. Waters 



THE CHURCH RELATIONS 
Commission has a two-fold pur- 
pose. First, we encourage beneficial 
association among Brethren churches; 
and second, we seek opportunities for 
meaningful exchanges with other 
denominations of similar history, 
spirit, and theology. Our name 
"Brethren" implies and draws attention 
to this very fundamental and essential 
activity as a church. 

Among Ourselves 

The commission is working on 
several projects to promote relation- 
ships among Brethren churches. 

Triads 

Several years ago General Con- 
ference Moderator Warren Garner 
developed the concept of triads — 
Brethren churches in close proximity 
to one another who would intentional- 
ly build a closer relationship among 
their people. We continue to en- 
courage triad churches to plan gather- 
ings for fellowship. 

If your triad did not "click" the first 
time around, give it another try. Or 
you may be close enough to another 
Brethren church or two with which 
you have a more natural affinity. In 
areas where there is no other nearby 
Brethren church, we suggest that your 
congregation meet regularly with a 
church of kindred spirit of another 
denomination. 

Whatever your situation, there is 
great advantage to finding another 
congregation or two with which you 
can build a lasting, supportive, and 
meaningful relationship. As the Lord 
expects no individual to live a life of 

Rev. Gibson, pastor of the Garher 
Brethren Church of Ashland, Ohio, chairs 
the Church Relations Commission. 

Rev. Waters is Director of Brethren 
Church Ministries. 



faith apart from other believers in a 
local church, so he expects no local 
church to be an island unto itself. 

Church Prayer Partners 

Another way to build relationships 
is through regular and informed 
prayer. As a denomination, we have 
the distinct advantage of having 
churches in 18 states, spread from 
coast to coast and from south to north. 
That is also a disadvantage, however, 
as several of our churches are 
separated from other Brethren by 
hundreds or thousands of miles. 

As a commission, we are encourag- 
ing the formation of church prayer 
partners. Churches willing to par- 
ticipate would be paired with another 
congregation — either one very distant 
from other Brethren or one of their 
own choosing. Pastors and other 
church leaders in these congregations 
will be encouraged to be in constant 
contact with one another through the 
exchange of church newsletters; 
regular (perhaps weekly, but at least 
monthly) phone calls to share prayer 
concerns; fellowship times (perhaps at 
General Conference); contacts be- 
tween like organizations (W.M.S. to 
W.M.S., for example); and maybe by 
pen pals between the churches. 

Again, the goal would be to help 
churches widely separated by geog- 
raphy gain a sense of nearness through 
mutual concern, sharing, and especial- 
ly by praying for one another. 

A registration form was enclosed in 
the January 18, 1991, Leadership Let- 
ter. Encourage your congregation to 
sign up before February 28. (If your 
form has become misplaced, call the 
Brethren Church National Office to 
sign up.) 

'Bed and Breakfast' Directory 

Another project that reflects the fel- 
lowship element of Brethren caring for 



one another is development of a "bed 
and breakfast" directory. We believe 
some Brethren would be willing to 
open their homes to entertain other 
Brethren as their overnight guests. The 
result would be an opp>ortunity to be- 
come acquainted with Brethren from 
other locations — in some cases, 
building lifelong relationships. 

The directory would contain a list- 
ing of people willing to provide hous- 
ing for other Brethren who may be 
visiting in the area or traveling to a 
further destination. 

This project is still in the planning 
stages, but more information will be 
released when available. 

Communication 

Related to building personal 
relationships is the need to foster a 
common sense of our heritage and 
beliefs through more effective com- 
munication of who we are as Brethren. 
To build greater visibility for our com- 
mon beliefs and to promote our 
heritage and practices, we are seeking 
to develop some brochures that would 
offer doctrinal statements and histori- 
cal information. 

Among Other 'Brethren' 

The commission is working in 
several ways to promote relationship 
and understanding with denominations 
similar to ours. At the 1991 General 
Conference, our commission will 
again host an interdenominational 
breakfast. We have already invited 
leaders from six denominations and 
the National Association of Evangeli- 
cals to take part in this informal time 
of mutual sharing. Through the nation- 
al office, we are also attempting to 
communicate through local and na- 
tional media about happenings at 
General Conference and other impor- 
tant news from The Brethren Church. 
(continued on ne.xt pai^e) 



f February 1991 



15 



Outreach Ministries 



Social Responsibilities: 



New Goals, Renewed Purpose 



WHEN the Social Responsibilities 
Commission met in October 
1990, the members reviewed their 
purpose and restated their mission 
statement as follows: The Social 
Responsibilities Commission is re- 
sponsible and accountable to assist 
The Brethren Church to develop bibli- 
cal positions on significant social is- 
sues and to stimulate the membership 
to respond in Christlike ways to these 
issues. 

Based on this statement and yet-to- 
be completed goals from the previous 
year, the commission identified four 
goals for 1990-91. 

Past Actions 

The first goal is to "provide The 
Brethren Church with a document stat- 
ing our historic position, if any, on 
significant social issues." General 
Conference has, from time to time, 
taken action on various social issues. 



Church Relations 

(continued from previous page) 

You Are a Member 

Everyone in The Brethren 
Church is part of this Church Rela- 
tions Commission. As we each 
represent Christ, we at the same 
time represent our church. As we 
each speak positively of our 
church to others, it is the best wit- 
ness we can offer of the blessings 
of the Lord in our lives . . . and the 
importance and meaning the 
church plays in our lives. 

We on the commission appre- 
ciate your witness for our Lord 
Jesus Christ and The Brethren 
Church. Please send your sugges- 
tions for the commission to Rev. 
Ralph Gibson, Garber Brethren 
Church, 163 Sherman Ave., Ash- 
land, OH 44805. [t] 



Unfortunately, often those decisions 
have been quickly forgotten or lost in 
the minutes. The commission ap- 
pointed a task force to research 
Brethren archives since 1882 to iden- 
tify any previous actions. The goal is 
to publish the findings in time for the 
1991 General Conference. 

The commission is also reviewing 
previous work done by the former So- 
cial Concerns Committee and this 
commission regarding abortion. The 
goal is to complete this review prior to 
the May General Conference Execu- 
tive Council (GCEC) meeting. 

Information Sharing 

The commission's second goal is to 
"develop methods of research and sur- 
vey to define national and local posi- 
tions for adoption when no adopted 
historic precedent exists in the 
church." Specific plans include: com- 
pletion of a list of resources for dis- 
tribution to each church; review of 
past NAE resolutions; and publication 
of articles in The Brethren Evan- 
gelist on selected subjects to stimulate 
discussion. 

Recommended Actions 

Goal 3 is to "provide selected 
recommendations for appropriate 
Christian responses to current social 
issues." Recently several national 
groups have recommended boycotts of 
specific businesses based on their ac- 
tions on social issues. The commission 
intends to inform Brethren of these 
boycotts and other social issues 
without giving them particular en- 
dorsement. The commission believes 
that when informed. Brethren will 
make responsible decisions on how to 
respond. 

Educational Materials 

When goal 1 above is completed, 
the commission will implement its 



fourth goal: to "develop educational 
materials regarding our adopted posi- 
tions." When the church has taken a 
stand on an issue, it is imperative that 
information on that position be shared. 
Otherwise, the action has little effect. 
The commission welcomes your 
suggestions. Please send your thoughts 
in writing to the commission chair. 
Rev. Emery Hurd, Cheyenne Brethren 
Church, 2600 E. 12th St., Cheyenne, 
WY 82001. [t] 



Being Socially 
Responsible Brethren 

As noted at the beginning of the 
accompanying article on this page, 
at its October meeting the Social 
Responsibilities Commission re- 
viewed and restated its Mission 
Statement. 

In partial fulfillment of that state- 
ment, our commission will regularly 
update the church about practical 
ways in which members can ex- 
press biblical views on current so- 
cial issues. Below are several such 
ideas. 

1. Pray regularly for our presi- 
dent and our congress (see I Tim- 
othy 2:1-4). 

2. Communicate to your local 
Waldenbooks bookstore your con- 
cern that it sells pornographic 
material. (Waldenbooks bookstores 
are currently the largest seller of 
pornographic material, according to 
the American Family Association.) 
You also may wish to participate in 
the AFA-sponsored boycott of Wal- 
denbooks and its parent company, 
K-Mart. 

3. Keep abreast of the work of 
your state legislature, for the legis- 
latures of several states are con- 
sidering legislation regarding 
protecting the unborn. 

The commission will present ad- 
ditional ideas in future issues of the 
Evangelist. 

G. Emery Hurd, Chair 



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The Brethren Evangeust 



Partners and Friends: 

A New Opportunity to Give 




/ always pray with joy because of 
your partnership in the gospel .... 

Paul, Philippians 1:4-5 

/ no longer call you servants .... 

Instead, I have called you friends .... 

Jesus, John 15:15 

THE BRETHREN CHURCH is 
happy to announce two new giving 
opportunities for those interested in 
supporting Brethren Church Minis- 
tries. 

Brethren Church Partners in 
Ministry is for those who agree to 
give at least a "tithe of a tithe" to The 
Brethren Church during one calendar 
year. A "tithe of a tithe" is actually 
one percent of an individual's or fam- 
ily's total income for the year. The 
amount will vary based on each 
person's income. It may be based on 
either gross or after-tax income, 
whichever you prefer. Partners are not 
so concerned about a legalistic defini- 
tion as they are about an opportunity 
to be generous in Christ. 

Friends of The Brethren Church 
also make a financial commitment. 
Friends agree to give a fixed amount 
— at least $10 per month — toward 
our shared denominational ministry. 
That amounts to just $.33 per day or 
$120 over the course of a year. 

Contributions from Partners or 
Friends may be given in any way that 
is convenient for the giver — as one 
lump sum gift for the year, semi- 
annual, quarterly, or monthly gifts — 
as long as it is received during the 
calendar year for which the commit- 
ment is made. 

These new giving programs were in- 
itiated for several reasons: 

1 . To generate individual support to 
offset the shortfall of Fair Share Sup- 
port from Brethren churches. In 1990, 
only 30 of 126 Brethren congregations 
provided their full General Con- 
ference-approved Fair Share Support 



for the year. Several additional con- 
gregations are making a special effort 
to increase their percentage of support, 
working over the next couple of years 
toward achieving full support. In a few 
cases, due to a variety of circum- 
stances, churches are unable to budget 
full support. In some cases, unfor- 
tunately, churches are able but unwill- 
ing to support the denominational 
ministries of The Brethren Church. 
But whatever the reason, the lack of 
full Fair Share Support continually 
hampers our ability to maintain 
present ministries and makes it very 
difficult to initiate new ministries. 

2. To offer Brethren who share our 
commitment to denomination-wide 
ministry an opportunity to directly 
support this ministry. 

3. To give Brethren who no longer 
live near a local Brethren church op- 
portunity to share in the financial sup- 
port of The Brethren Church. 

In no way should an individual 
reduce support to the local Brethren 
church to become a Partner or Friend. 
All believers have a responsibility to 
give their tithes and offerings to their 
local church. Partner and Friend gifts 
should always be over and above the 
normal tithe. Becoming a Partner or 
Friend is an expression of broadening 
support for what God is accomplishing 
through His church. 

Those who become part of these 
new programs will receive several 
benefits. 

Friends will receive: 

— a monthly letter highlighting new 
developments and prayer concerns re- 
lated to the Brethren Church National 
Office; 

— a framable certificate recognizing 
the financial commitment. 

Partners will receive: 

— the same monthly informational 
letter sent to Friends; 

— a framed certificate recognizing 



the financial commitment. 

— A complimentary copy of one 
new product produced during the year 

Both Partners and Friends will also 
know the satisfaction of a close, on- 
going relationship to the ministry of 
Christ through The Brethren Church. 

We trust that you will give prayerful 
consideration to becoming a Brethren 
Church Partner in Ministry or a Friend 
of The Brethren Church this month. 
Simply complete the form on the back 
cover (or a copy of the form ... or 
send the same information in a letter) 
and enclose your first (or total) con- 
tribution. 

Thank you in advance for your com- 
mitment to the on-going ministries of 
The Brethren Church. [t] 



Questions and Answers 

May I designate my Partners 
or Friends gift to a particular 
ministry? 

No, these gifts are undesignated 
so they may be used as needed 
for any aspect of the ministry of 
The Brethren Church. In some 
cases, they will cover administra- 
tive expenses so that gifts to par- 
ticular ministries may be used 
directly in ministry. 

Why are you offering special 
benefits to Partners and 
Friends? Shouldn't people just 
contribute for the joy of giving? 

Certainly there is no greater 
motivation for giving than as a 
response of joy for our Lord's gra- 
cious lovingkindness. These 
benefits are offered as our Ihank 
you" and as a ministry in return — 
our part of the partnership. 

Will you be hounding me 
monthly for my contribution? 

No. In fact, we are using no 

specific program to compare gifts 

received with commitments made 

(continued on next page) 



February 1991 



17 



"Becoming a Partner or Friend is an expres- 
sion of broadening support for wliat God is 
accompiisliing tlirougti H/s cliurcli." 



to this program. With each monthly let- 
ter we'll enclose an envelope or mailing 
label for your convenience. From time 
to time we may send a summary of 
your contributions for the year to date. 
But if your circumstances change 
during the year and you become un- 
able to fulfill your commitment, you will 
not receive a letter at the end of the 
year in any way demanding that you 
"pay up." 

Do I have to make monthly con- 
tributions? May I instead send one 
check for the whole year? 

Of course. Many will choose to make 
one contribution for the year. Others 
may bunch their contributions quarterly 
to save postage. Still others will choose 
to spread their gifts out monthly 
according to their budget. You may 
choose the method most appropriate 
for you. 

Does The Brethren Church really 
need this extra money? 

Yes, we do! Each year Fair Share 
Support from our churches falls short 
of the amount recommended by 
General Conference. The support of 
Partners and Friends will help make up 
the shortfall and allow us enter some 
new areas of ministry. Present support 
barely keeps up with inflation, so min- 
istry may be curtailed without in- 
creased support. 

I thought the reorganization last 
year would take care of all your 
financial needs. 

The reorganization of January 1, 
1990, merged the former corporations 
and ministries of the Board of Christian 
Education, Brethren Publishing Co., 
and Benevolent Board into The 
Brethren Church, Inc. The merger was 
designed to gain some efficiencies and 
to give a greater degree of coordination 
to these ministries. As a part of the 
merger, however, no new sources of 
funds were designated. Fair Share 
amounts for separate boards were 
combined with the General Conference 
apportionment into one Fair Share 
Support amount for Brethren Church 
Ministries. There was no increase in 
overall financial support requested or 



approved. That support still comes 
from Brethren churches. We actually 
receive less than three-fourths of the 
full amount approved by General Con- 
ference. We must depend heavily on 
individuals who share a concern for our 
ministry. 

Why don't you make those 
churches "ante up" who are not 
giving their full Fair Share? 

Because Brethren churches are con- 
gregationally governed, we cannot 
"make" a church give support. We are 
thankful so many do so much. We 



The Brethren Church, Inc. 
Commissions 

Ministry of Discipleship 

Leadership Development 
Christian Education 
Stewardship 
Worship 

Ministry of Outreach 

EvangeUsm & Church Growth 
Church Relations 
Social Responsibilities 
World Relief 

Other Ministries 

General Conference — the "family 
reunion" of The Brethren 
Church, August 5-9, 1991, Ash- 
land, Ohio 

Pastoral Care & Placement and 
Congregational Relations — help- 
ing churches find pastors and en- 
couraging pastoral families; 
interceding and mediating when 
conflicts arise 

Publications— THE BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST for adults and 
Morning Star for youth; and cur- 
riculum for Sunday School and 
Bible study use 

Youth Ministry — encouraging local 
youth programs; leadership 
development through the 
Crusader Program 

Denominational Administration 
and Statistical Record-Keeping 



recognize that some may be temporari- 
ly unable to give full support for one 
reason or another. Many Brethren per- 
sons are working within their home 
churches to find ways to increase their 
congregational support. 

I still see appeals for the Mission- 
ary Board, the Seminary, Ashland 
University, and Ministerial Student 
Aid. And what about World Relief? 

World Relief is now administered by 
The Brethren Church. Funds desig- 
nated for World Relief are sent primari- 
ly to NAE's World Relief Corporation, 
with small amounts designated for 
Domestic Disaster Response and 
Cooperative Disaster Child Care. 
About one percent is used for ad- 
ministrative costs. The other ministries 
listed in this question are responsible 
for raising their own support, with 
General Conference approving recom- 
mended Fair Share amounts for each 
ministry annually. No Partners or 
Friends contributions directly benefit 
any of these ministries. 

Aren't you all competing for the 
same dollars? 

We don't see ourselves as compet- 
ing with one another . . . and we hope 
you don't really feel we are doing so. 
All denominational ministries believe 
the Lord will supply our needs, as He 
has done in the past. But we also 
believe that He supplies our needs 
through people who have been made 
aware of those needs and who desire 
that His work be done through 
denominational ministries. 

I cannot contribute right now. I 
have made a commitment to 
[deleted] radio ministry. 

If you have made a commitment to 
any other ministry, we would certainly 
hope you would fulfill that pledge. How- 
ever, we do hope Brethren people will 
see as their first priority the financial 
support of their local churches through 
their tithes and offerings. Then, as the 
Lord has blessed them, we trust they 
will support district and denominational 
Brethren Church ministries. We have 
no other constituents than Brethren 
people to support us. [t] 



18 



The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Fred Brandon Ordained to Eldership 
January 13 at Bryan First Brethren 



Bryan, Ohio — Fred Brandon, Jr., 
was ordained an elder in The 
Brethren Church and his wife, 
Carolyn, was consecrated the wife of 
an elder in a service held Sunday 
afternoon, January 13, at the Bryan 
First Brethren Church. 

Rev. James Sluss, pastor of the 
Roanoke, Ind., First Brethren 
Church and the current General Con- 
ference moderator, delivered the 
message for the service. Bryan pastor 
Rev. Mark Britton gave the invoca- 
tion and welcome and read scripture. 
Also participating in the service were 
former Bryan pastor Rev. Marlin Mc- 
Cann, who led singing and presented 
special music; Rev. Gene Eckerley, 
Indiana District Elder; and Mike 
McCann, a member of the Bryan con- 
gregation. 

The new elder, his granddaughter, 
Lindsay Brandon, and Mary Smith 
also presented special music. Church 
organist Gladys Hineman and church 
pianist Bonnie Burgbacher played the 
prelude and postlude. 

A fellowship meal in honor of Rev. 
and Mrs. Brandon was held following 
the service. 

Fred Brandon, Jr., was born 
December 20, 1934, the youngest of 











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cake that was baked in their honor. 

five children of the late Fred, Sr., and 
Vesta B. Brandon of Hicksville, Ohio. 
He received his elementary and 
secondary education at Stryker, Ohio, 
graduating from Stryker High School 
in 1952. 

In 1954 he married Carolyn M. 
Corwin and changed his membership 
from Stryker First Baptist Church to 
the Bryan First Brethren Church. At 
Bryan he was active in various Sun- 



day school, church, and Laymen ac- 
tivities during the years that fol- 
lowed. 

Fred and Carol3Ti have raised three 
children — Jeffrey, Cathy (Reich), 
and Julie (Meyer). They currently 
have seven grandchildren, with 
another due in April. 

From 1968 to 1981 Fred owned and 
operated an auto service and repair 
business. In 1981 he answered a call 
to pastoral ministry, and the Bran- 
dons moved to Ashland, where Fred 
entered Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary. During the three years that 
followed, he received an equivalency 
degree in business from Ashland 
University and completed the re- 
quirements for a Master of Divinity 
degr&e from the seminary, which he 
was granted in May 1984. 

While in seminary, he pastored the 
Congregational Church in Brighton, 
Ohio. Upon graduation from semi- 
nary, he accepted a call to the First 
Brethren Church in Peru, Ind., where 
he served until injuries suffered in an 
automobile accident caused him to 
resign in 1987. 

Following recovery from these in- 
juries, he served as service writer for 
Archbold Sales and Service and did 
supply preaching in many Bryan - 
area churches. On January 20, 1991, 
he assumed pastoral duties at the 
North Georgetown, Ohio, First 
Brethren Church. 




Robert Westfall Honored 
At Miami Valley Rally 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio — The 

Pleasant Hill First Brethren 
Church hosted guests from the 
other Brethren churches of the 
Miami Valley* on Sunday eve- 
ning, November 25, for the third 
annual Valley Rally. 

During this time of worship 
and fellowship, individuals and 
groups from the various Valley 
churches presented special 
music, prayers, and tes- 
timonies. Also dioring the ser- 
vice, a plaque was presented to 
Pleasant Hill pastor Rev. Robert 
Westfall Ln recognition of his service as chairman of the 
Ohio District Mission Board and for his involvement in 
this capacity in starting the Northview Brethren Life 
Home Mission Church at Springboro, Ohio. 

A social time in the fellowship hall followed the service. 

{* Miami Valley churches include Pleasant Hill, Gretna, West 
Alexandria, New Lebanon, Gratis, Dayton Hillcrest, and Northview 
Brethren Life.) — reported by Betty J. Shellenberger 

February 1991 



Rev. Robert Westfall (I.) 
receives a plaque recogniz- 
ing his contribution to Ohio 
District Home Missions from 
Rev. David Oligee. 

Photo by Audrey Gilbert 




MEN OF MISSION 

PLAN NOW!!! 
"In July & August" 

To help with 
the construction of 

a new sanctuary 

for the 

Garber Brethren Church 

in Ashland, Ohio 



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UPDATE 



Burlington Church Commissions 
Terry Voorhees as Youth Specialist 



Burlington, Ind. — Terry Voorhees 
was commissioned as a Youth 
Specialist and Teresa Voorhees was 
convmissioned as the wife of a Youth 
SpeciaUst dviring the morning wor- 
ship service on Sunday, December 16, 
at the Burlington First Brethren 
Church. 

Rev. Ronald L. Waters, pastor at 
the time* of the Burlington Church, 
conducted the conunissioning service. 
The event was shared by a packed 
sanctuary of the Voorhees' church 
friends, family, and co-workers in the 
Youth for Christ ministry. 

Terry, who serves as Executive 
Director of Youth for Christ of Mid- 
North Indiana, has been a member of 
The Brethren Chvirch for 23 years. 
The son of Charles and Ruth Voor- 
hess, he grew up in the Flora First 
Brethren Church, where he began 

*Rev. Waters became pastor of the Water- 
loo, Iowa, Brethren Church in January of 
this year. 



working with children at the age of 18. 
From those days as a Sunday school 
teacher for the third and fourth 
grades to his work today with Youth 
for Christ, his service to young people 
has never stopped. 

Like many Brethren, Terry met his 
wife-to-be at General Conference in 
Ashland. Teresa, the daughter of Carl 
and Donna Shirar of Burlington, grew 
up in the Burlington First Brethren 
Church. In the years since that first 
meeting in 1975, the Lord has used 
Terry and Teresa to touch hundreds 
of young people with the gospel. 

Following his graduation from high 
school, Terry worked a number of 
years in the farming^agri-business. 
Raising 18,000 laying hens, feeding 
1,500 hogs, and removing the manure 
for more than one million chickens 
kept him busy, but never too busy to 
keep him away from teens. 

In 1982 the Lord opened the door for 
Terry to start a new youth program in 



his area. The program was designed 
to accomplish what he felt to be his 
calling — "to communicate the life- 
changing message of Jesus Christ to 
every young person." 

From that one group of teens 8 V5 
years ago to his current ministry with 
Youth for Christ, much has taken 
place. Youth for Christ of Mid-North 
Indiana now has 13 youth programs 
reaching hundreds of youth in three 
counties. It has gn^'own from one volun- 
teer leader to three full-time youth 
professionals and nearly 100 volun- 
teers; and from a budget of $3,000 a 
year to over $130,000. 

Terry has received many local and 
national awards and has been hon- 
ored in many ways. Yet none of these 
awards compares with the blessing he 
receives when a young person gives 
his or her life to Jesus Christ. 

Terry is currently undertaking 
another major challenge — heading 
up a capital fund drive to build a 7,000 
square-foot youth center in Carrol 
County. This new facility will enable 
YFC to expand its outreach to teens 
in the area for years to come. 

— reported by Donna Shirar 



Retiring Secretary Louis Bishop 
Honored at Bryan First Brethren 

Bryan, Ohio — January 6 at the 
Bryan First Brethren Church was 
retirement recognition Sunday for 
Louise Bishop, who served for 23 
years as the church secretary. 

During the morning worship serv- 
ice, Pastor Mark Britton presented 
Mrs. Bishop a retirement plaque and 
a love gift from the Bryan Church. In 
addition, Anna Moog presented her a 
money tree from her many 
friends in the congrega- 
tion. Following the service, 
a carry-in meal was held, 
during which many mem- 
ories were shared. 

In reflecting on her 
years of service, Mrs. 
Bishop said, "It has been a 
pleasure serving the Lord 
and this congregation for 
23 years in the capacity of 
church secretary. The peo- 
ple I worked with and for 
made it never seem like a 
job, but always a joy — and 
the Lord has blessed me." 

She further stated that 
it was "Rev. [Smith] Rose 
who trained me during the 
summer of 1967, and my 
'bosses' (who were all 



patient and helpful to me) — Rev. 
[M.W.] Dodds, Rev. [Marlin] McCann, 
and Rev. Britton — all have a special 
spot in my 'memory bank.'" 

She expressed her thanks to the 
congregation for the opportunity to 
serve God as well as the chance to 
work alongside each person. She 
noted that it is a real blessing to be 
able to work with Christians. 

(The editor extends his thanks to Mrs. 
Bishop for the many news items she sub- 
mitted to the Evangelist from the Bryan 
Church during her years as secretary.) 




Louise Bishop receives a plaque from Bryan Pastor Mark 
Britton in recognition of her service as church secretary. 



20 



Honda Company Leading Sponsor 
Of Sex, Violence, and Profanity 

Tupelo, Miss. — American Honda 
Company was the leading sponsor of 
sex, violence, and profanity on net- 
work television during the fall 1990 
television sweeps (October 28— No- 
vember 24), according to monitoring 
by the American Family Association. 

Other leading sponsors of objection- 
able miaterial were S.C. Johnson & 
Sons, Inc.; Duracell USA; U.S. Sprint; 
Sony Corp. of America; Anheuser- 
Busch; Pfizer, Incorporated; Nissan 
Motors; H.J. Heinz Company; and 
Chrysler Corporation. 

NBC led the three major networks 
in incidents of sex, violence, and 
profanity, with an average of 12.18 
per hour. CBS was close behind with 
11.0 incidents per hour, while ABC 
averaged 8.4 per hour. The 31.58 per 
hour total projected over a one-year 
period means the networks air a total 
of 36,126 sex, violence, and profanity 
incidents per year in prime-time 
alone. Ninety percent of all sex inci- 
dents are between people not married 
to each other. 

Christians concerned about the 
amount of objectionable material on 
television are encouraged to write to 
the sponsors of those progn^ams con- 
taining the objectional material. 

The Brethren Evangeust 



Little Crusader 

JesuB said, '*Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven** (Matt. 19:14). 

LOVING THE HARD-TO-LOVE PEOPLE 

Valentine's Day comes around each February 14. People in the United States often 
send "love notes" to their family and friends on Valentine's Day. 

But Jesus told His disciples (and us too!) not only to love those who love us, but also 
even to love and to pray for people who hate us! He said, "Why should God reward you 
if you love only the people who love you? Anyone can do that! . . . You must be perfect, 
just as your Father in heaven is perfect. . . . For [God] makes his sun to shine on bad and 
good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil" (Matt. 
5:46, 48, 45). 

Again and again Jesus loved and touched people who were considered unlovable by 
the religious people of His day. He reached out to the poor, the sick, the outcasts, the 
sinners. When the Pharisees scolded Jesus for hanging around with "those kind" of 
people, He said to them, "People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who 
are sick. I have not come to call respectable people, but outcasts" (Mark 2:17). 

This Valentine's Day, as you make cards for your friends and family, think about people 
you know who seem hard to love, then pray for them. Maybe it is the class bully or someone 
at school who is always rude to you and who says mean things. Maybe it is someone who 
seems shy and who never talks. It is usually not difficult to think of someone who seems 
almost unlovable. But God loves that person. So send that hard-to-love person a Valentine, 
and make friends with him or her. It won't be easy! But through you, that person will begin 
to see how much God loves him or her. 



People Jesus Loved 

Look up the Scripture references listed at the left 
below, then draw a line from the reference to the person 
on the right whom Jesus loved according to the verses. 
(You may want to use colored crayons or pencils.) 



Matthew 8:5-1 3 
Luke 8:42-48 
Mark 5:1-20 
Matthew 15:21-28 
Mark 3:1 -6 
Mark 10:17-31 
John 4:1-30 
John 1 1 :28-44 
Mark 2:1 3-1 7 



Man with demons 
A Roman soldier 
Samaritan woman 
Levi, a tax collector 
Rich young man 
Lazarus, a friend 
Man with a paralyzed hand 
Canannite woman 
A bleeding woman 



Praying 

For 
Enemies 

Spend time with 
your family in prayer for 
our nation's enemies. 
Pray especially for the 
soldiers of Iraq and for 
Saadam Hussein, the 
president of Iraq. God 
uses our love to soften 
the hearts of people, 
even people who are 
full of anger and hate. 




February 1991 



21 



UPDATE 



Corinth Junior Youth 
Present Dinner Theater 



Twelve Mile, Ind. — The Corinth 
Brethren Church Junior Youth on 
December 16 sponsored their first 
ever Dinner Theater. 

Over 120 people were present for 
the delicious ham dinner and the 
Junior Youth Christmas pageant that 
followed. The candlelight meal, 
served by the Corinth Senior Youth 
under the direction of Gary and 
Yvonne Biehl, was held in the fellow- 
ship hall, which was beautifully 
adorned in seasonal decor. The food 
was prepared by committee members 
George and Betty Staller, Bob and 
Linda Dillman, Darlene Palmer, 
Dianne Hoagland, Janet Patchett, 
and Debbie Dillman. 

The Junior Youth pageant was a 
mixture of Christmas music and com- 
edy, written by Lynne Brady, director 
of the Junior Youth ministry and wife 
of Corinth Pastor Bill Brady. It cen- 
tered on children preparing for a 
Christmas pageant rehearsal. While 
most of the children were aware of the 
spiritual nature of Christmas, one boy 
wanted to be the star of the show and 
arrived for rehearsal in a Santa Claus 
suit. The other children quickly and 
humorously straightened him out. 

Junior Youth members taking part 
in the pageant were Mike and Mandy 
Treon; India and Tai Staller; Brian 
and Bradley Moon; Wesley, Steph- 
anie, and Duane Scott; Bryan Brady; 



and Elizabeth 
and Sarah Moss. 
The pageant 
was a thank you 
from the Junior 
Youth to the 
members of the 
Corinth Church 
family for their 
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summer musical performed by the 
youth. During the summer the 
children prepared the musical Play 
Ball from Kids Praise 8, which they 
performed for the Twelve Mile com- 
munity and then took on the road to 
Bryan, Ohio, and Peru, Ind., where it 
was very well received and supported 
by other Brethren churches. 



The Corinth Church family provid- 
ed excellent love and support for the 
children, and following the trip to 
Bryan the youth were rewarded with 
an all-expense-paid trip to Cedar 
Point amusement park. The Junior 
Youth Christmas pageant was the 
children's way of saying thank you to 
the church for this love and support. 



Abortion Study Leads to Action 
At Raystown Bretliren Church 

Saxton, Pa. — A study of abortion 
this past summer led to specific ac- 
tion by some of the members of the 
Raystown Brethren Church. 

The study was conducted on Sun- 
day evenings during June, July, and 
August, using the booklet. Abortion — 
A Study in the Word of God, prepared 
by the Social Concerns Committee 
(now the Social Responsibilities Com- 
mission) of The Brethren Church. Fol- 
lowing the study, the participants felt 
that they should do something about 
this issue in their community. 

Their first step was to conduct a 
telephone and person to person sur- 
vey of views on abortion in their com- 
munity. They asked two questions: (1) 
Do you believe abortion should be leg- 
alized? (to which 1 10 people said "No"; 
21 said "Yes"; and 2 were undecided); 

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and (2) Do you approve of abortion in 
cases of rape or incest? (63 said "Yes"; 
49 said "No"; and 21 were undecided). 

During the week before election 
day, they put a news article in a local 
newspaper reporting on the survey. 
In the article they also presented 
scriptures that speak to the subject; 
shared God's concern and their own 
concern for the mother and the un- 
born child; told about the physical 
development of the baby from concep- 
tion to six months in the womb; and 
presented State Health Department 
abortion statistics for the three local 
counties. In addition, they told where 
elected officials stood on the abortion 
issue; urged people to be aware of 
candidates' positions on this and 
other social issues before voting; and 
urged readers to vote on election day. 

Near the end of the article they also 
mentioned the national toll-free, 24- 
hour phone number 1-800-BETH- 
ANY and other local "Birthright" 



phone numbers. In addition they in- 
cluded the pastor's phone number and 
the number of another church mem- 
ber that persons with a spiritual prob- 
lem or who desired prayer could call. 
According to reporter Susan 
Weimert, "Our study of abortion was 
informative, interesting, made us 
more aware of our Christian respon- 
sibilities, and made us more sensitive 
to the needs of others." 

As soon as war broke out in the Persian 
Gulf, NAE World Relief leaders began 
exploring options for helping churches in 
the Middle East respond to the needs of 
innocent people caught in the crossfire of 
war. Even before fighting began, officials 
estimated that more than 2 million people 
could be forced from their homes. World 
Relief and other relief agencies will seek to 
provide critical care for these refugees. 
Brethren people can help with this relief 
effort by their continued giving to World 
Relief tlu-ough their local churches. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



From 
The 




At the Burlington, Ind., First Brethren 
Church, December 9th was both "Bring a 
Friend Sunday" and "farewell to friends 
day" as the members of the congregation 
invited friends to the service but also said 
their formal farewell to Pastor Ronald L. 
and Mrs. Carolyn Waters and their son, 
Danny, who were leaving at the end of the 
month for another pastorate. A noon meal 
was held to honor the Waters family and to 
welcome the "friends" in attendance. Three 
area pastors were on hand to "roast" Rev. 
Waters, but they also expressed apprecia- 
tion for his witness and told how they had 
enjoyed working with him. Bridget Brew- 
ster read several passages from The Imita- 
tion of Christ by Thomas a Kempis in honor 
of the Waterses, and Ed Brewster presented 
them a picture entited "Rainy Night 
Revival" on behalf of the congregation. 



Frank Hemersbach video-taped the fare- 
well and gave a copy of the tape to Rev. 
Waters and his family. 

The Waterloo, Iowa, First Brethren 
Church welcomed the Ronald L. Waters 
family "back home" on Sunday, January 6. 
Rev. Waters, who left the Waterloo Church 
in June 1983 to pastor the Burlington, Ind., 
First Brethren Church, is returning for his 
second term at the Waterloo Church. The 
move was not without its difficulties, how- 
ever. Before leaving Burlington, Rev. 
Waters fell and fractured his shoulder, so 
was unable to help load and unload or drive 
the moving van. And approximately a mile 
out of Burlington, the van broke down and 
delayed the trip for several hours. Neverthe- 
less, the Waters family arrived safely in 
Waterloo on January 1, 1991. 

Sunday, December 2, was a special day 
at the County Line Brethren Church near 
Plymouth, Ind., when five people were bap- 
tized and taken into the membership of the 
church. In addition, four others were taken 
into the church by transfer of membership, 
including the new pastor. Rev. Carl M. Phil- 
lips, and his wife Deanna. Besides these, 
two former members who had attended 
another church for some time were received 
back into the church, bringing the total 
received on this day to 1 1 . Special music for 
the service was presented by the Children's 
SONshine Club and by the adult choir. 




Rev. Wayne and Mildred Swihart 

were honored August 12, 1990, on the oc- 
casion of their 50th wedding anniversary 
at a buffet dinner for more than 200 
guests, sponsored by their children. The 
Swiharts were married September 14, 
1940, in North Manchester, Ind. 

Rev. Swihart was ordained a Brethren 
elder March 21, 1941, at the North Man- 
chester First Brethren Church. He served 
Brethren pastorates at Burlington, Cam- 
bria, Tiosa, Mexico, Muncie, Milford, and 
Mishawaka, Ind. He also served public 
schools and colleges as teacher and ad- 
ministrator. Mrs. Swihart taught in public 
elementary schools for 28 years. They both 
retired on June 30, 1986. They live at 1704 
Wood St., Valparaiso, IN., 46383. 

The Swiharts are the parents of four 
children — Ann Butts of Culver, Ind.; 
Thomas of Valparaiso; David of Warsaw, 
Ind.; and Nancy McClintock near St. 
Louis. They also have 11 grandchildren. 



In Memory 

Cecelia Hopper, 44, January 21. Member since 

1987 of the Muncie First Brethren Church and 

attended the church many years before becoming 

a member. She was also a faithful member of the 

W.M.S. Services by Pastor Keith Bennett. 

Nancy L. Burford, 47, January 14. Regular at- 

tender of the Ashland Park Street Brethren 

Church. Services by Pastor Arden E. Gilmer. 

Agnes Garber, 90, January 9. Member of the 

Brethren Church at New Lebanon. Services by 

Pastor James F. Black. 

Rev. Austin F. Gable, 80, January 7. Rev. Gable 

was a pastor in The Brethren Church and also a 

farmer. He was bom July 9, 1910, in Miami 

County, Ind., the son of 

Walter A. and Mary 

Ethel (Fox) Gable. On 

August 21, 1932, he 

married Josephine M. 

Mays, who survives 

him. A 1928 graduate of 

Bunker Hill High 

Sch(X)l, Gable became a 

pastor in 1943 and was 

ordained in 1950. He 

served the Denver, Ind., 

and Center Chapel 

(northeast of Peru, Ind.) 

Brethren Churches from 

1945 to 1960. In 1960 he 

established the Kokcimo, Ind., First Brethren 

Church as a mission congregation and served 

there until his retirement from the full-time pas- 

February 1991 




torate in 1971. He continued to serve other area 
churches as interim pastor. 

He was a member of the National Association 
of Brethren Church Elders; of the Benevolent 
Board of the Brethren Church from 1979 to 1985; 
served on the Flora Brethren's Home Board from 
1976 to 1989; on the Brethren Retreat Board at 
Shipshewana from 1976 to 1985; and on the 
South Bend Benevolent Board from 1982 to 
1986. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two 
sons, James and Jerry, both in the Peru area; a 
daughter, Mary DLngman of Shelby ville, Ind.; 
seven grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren, 
and eight great-grandchildren. 

Services were held January 10 at the Loree 
Brethren Church, where he was a member, with 
Pastor Claude Stogsdill and Rev. Herbert Gilmer 
officating. 

Lee Voorhees, 82, January 6. Member of the 
Flora First Brethren Church. Services by Pastor 
Alvin Grumbling. 

Emerson Harshman, 90, January 1 . Member for 
34 years of the St. James Brethren Church. 
Services by Pastor Brian Mtx)re. 
Anna Scott, 95, December 30. Member for 69 
years of the Tiosa Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor George Brown. 

Charles J. Higgins, 75, December 28. Member 
for 50 years of the Gc»hen First Brethren Church, 
where he served as mcxlerator and deacon and 
was active in Sunday schtwl and church ac- 
tivities. He was also a past member of the Ad- 
visory B(xird of Ashland TheoU)gical Seminary. 
Services by Pastor Donald E. Rowser. 



Emma Woodin, 79, December 16. Member of 

the Milledgeville Brethren Church. Services by 

Pastor Kenneth Sullivan. 

Jay Hudkins, 87, November 29. Member since 

1916 of the Bryan First Brethren Church. 

Services by Pastor Mark Britton. 

Glen Bucher, 77, November 17. Member of the 

Loree Brethren Church. Services by Pastor 

Claude Stogsdill. 

Weddings 

Lynee Robbins to Tony Jackson, December 12, 
in Pleasant Hill, Ohio; Rev. Robert Westfall, 
pastor of the Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church, 
officiating. Members of the Pleasant Hill First 
Brethren Church. 

Jodi Lynn Shellenberger to Ronald Wayne 
Duncan, December 12, at the Pleasant Hill First 
Brethren Church; Pastor Robert Westfall and 
Rev. Charles Briscoe officiating. Bride a mem- 
ber of the Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church. 
Debbie Phillips to Dennis Morhardt, Novem- 
ber 10, at the Milledgeville Brethren Church; 
Pastor Kenneth Sullivan officiating. Members of 
the Milledgeville Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Trinity: 1 by baptism 

Sarasota: 1 by baptism 

Pleasant Hill: 4 hy baptism, 1 by transfer 

County Line: 5 by baptism, 4 by transfer, 

2 by recommitment 

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Confronting Issues Raised 
By the War in the Middle East 



By Dale R. Stoffer 

THE WAR in the Persian Gulf has 
gripped the attention of the entire 
world. It is being fought literally in front 
of our very eyes thanks to the wonder of 
modem communications. And we are 
again confronted with issues that we 
normally shelve away "out of sight and 
out of mind." I would like to share some 
general thoughts on these issues as a 
means to help us all continue to reflect 
on some of the most important questions 
facing us today. 

1. The issues are not as crystal clear 
as "no blood for oil," or "the liberation 
of Kuwait," or "the Palestinian issue." If 
any lasting, equitable peace is to result 
from this war, both the "winners" and 
"losers" must do some difficult soul- 
searching. The world community must 
address the issues of a more equitable 
sharing of the world's resources, alter- 
native forms of energy, a Palestinian 
homeland, the selling of military hard- 
ware and technology to second and third 
world nations, the best means to main- 
tain peace in our global community. 

2. Though we should recoil at the 
horror of war and from a spiritual view- 
point see it as sin, we must avoid a self- 
righteous attitude. Jesus disarms us all 
in Matthew 5:21-22 when he declares 
that anger and resentment on a personal 

Dr. Stoffer is pastor of the Smoky Row 
Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio, and 
Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at 
Ashland Theological Seminary. This article 
appeared in the newsletter of the Smoky Row 
Church and is reprinted here by permission. 



level are as sinful as the taking of 
human life. Let us not be blind to the 
cruelty and bitterness that at times 
are found in our own lives. God's 
judgment rests upon these as much as 
upon the cruelty found in war. 

3. I am intrigued by those 
preachers who are illuminating us 
about how all these events fit into 
God's prophetic timetable. Some sug- 
gest this is the prelude to Christ's 
return. They may be right, but they 
may not be. Rather than worrying 
about how all this fits into God's "big 
picture" (which is known only to 
God), we ought to follow Scripture's 
own emphasis that prophecy should 
motivate all of us to live more fully in a 
way that pleases God (see 2 Cor. 5:9-10; 
2 Pet. 3:11-14). 

4. The early church as well as the 
Anabaptists could draw an absolute 
dividing line between the kingdom of 
Christ and the kingdom of this world. 
Because they were outside the structures 
of government, they could accurately 
claim that they had but one citizenship: 
the kingdom of God. But we who live in 
a democracy in which we, by definition, 
are part of the structure of the state can- 
not make such an easy distinction. 
Though our primary citizenship must be 
in God's kingdom, we also have a legal 
responsibility for the work of our 
government. As much as we abhor war, 
God charges the state with the respon- 
sibility of upholding the good and 
punishing the evil (Rom. 13:3-4; 1 Pet. 
2:13-14). Does this punishment of evil 
through the bearing of the sword include 
the act of war against those who would 
seek to destroy others? We are left with 
no easy answers to the tension inherent 
in our being citizens of two kingdoms. 

5. Warfare, like other tragedies in 
life, can bring all of us to take our faith 
more seriously. It shakes us out of our 
complacency and causes us to search for 
life's meaning and destiny. We, the 
church, certainly have a message to 
share both by word and deed. 

6. In the midst of the uncertainty and 
anxiety we all are experiencing, we 
need to remind ourselves of the great 
truths of our faith. Especially appro- 
priate is Romans 8:38-39 — "For I am 



convinced that neither death nor life, 
neither angels nor demons, neither the 
present nor the future, nor any powers, 
neither height nor depth, nor anything 
else in all creation, will be able to 
separate us from the love of God that is 
in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

7. We must pray for a resolution to 
the hostilities, for limited loss of life, for 
the leaders of the nations involved in the 
war, for God's purposes to be realized 
even through this latest failure of 
humanity to live in peace. 

May each of us wrestle with the 
deeper issues involved in the conflict, 
but, much more, seek to be witnesses of 
God's love and peace offered to the 
world in Jesus Christ. [f] 

Pamphlet Available on How to 
Help Children Cope with War 

New Windsor, Md. — A pamphlet on 
how parents and teachers can help answer 
children's questions about war and vio- 
lence has been released by the Coopera- 
tive Disaster Child Care Program (CDCC), 
an inter-church agency which trains and 
sends out volunteers to comfort and care 
for young children in traumatic disaster 
situations. 

"When Children Ask About War" was 
written by the program's director, Lydia 
H. Walker, and outlines practical ways to 
respond lo children's questions, pain, and 
confusion resulting from the war-time sep- 
aration from or death of a family member. 

Single or bulk copies of the pamphlet 
can be ordered from the Cooperative Dis- 
aster Child Care Program at the New 
Windsor Service Center, Box 188, New 
Windsor, MD 21776 (phone 301-635- 
8734). Single copies are 50 cents each. 
Write or call for quantity prices. 

CDCC provides temporary child care in 
disaster situations. It is administered by 
the Church of the Brethren. Cooperating 
partners, in addition to The Brethren 
Church, include the African Methodist 
Episcopal Church, the American Baptist 
Churches USA, the American Evangelical 
Christian Church General Conference, the 
Christian Reformed Church, the Episcopal 
Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church 
in America, the Presbyterian Church in 
America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), 
the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the 
United Church of Christ, and the United 
Methodist Church. 

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Features 

Confronting Issues Raised by the War in the Middle East 2 

By Dale R. Staffer 

These issues still need to be faced even in the aftermath of the war. 
The Bramble and the Resurrection by Harold E. Barnett 4 

The bramble that comes to life in the spring is a parable of what 
happens in our lives because of the resurrection of Christ. 
Communion Recollection by Michelle Stonebraker 6 

Brethren Communion as seen through the eyes of a first-time participant. 
Have You Washed Any Feet Lately? by Sharon Beth Brani 7 

Feet-washing shouldn't end when the Communion service is over. 
Christian Writers of the Past Who Speak to Us Today 8 

Seven great Christians who died a half century or several half cen- 
turies ago but who still speak to us through their writings. 

Ministry Pages Brethren World Missions 

Brethren "Faith" Missions by James R. Black 12 

Inches, Not Miles by Tom Saunders 13 

Malaysia: 1990 in Review by David and Jenny Loi 14 



Update 
Children's Page 

by Erica Weidenhamer 
From the Grape Vine 



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Departments 

In Word and Deed 10 

by the Evangelism and 
Church Growth Commission 
Defining Our Priorities 11 

by Ronald W. Waters 

In this issue: 

As noted on the cover, included in the center of this issue of the EVANGELIST is 
the Woman's Outlook Newsletter, published by the National Woman's Missionary 
Society. (You can't miss it; the pages are yellow!) This is being done on a trial 
basis through an agreement between the Brethren Church National Office and 
the Executive Board of the National W.M.S. There are several reasons for trying 
this: (1) It reduces for the National W.M.S. the cost of printing and distributing 
the Newsletter. (2) It gets the Newsletter into a couple of thousand more homes. (3) 
It gets the Evangelist (every-other issue, since the Newsletter is published 
bimonthly) into several hundred more homes — of women who subscribe to the 
Newsletter but not to the Evangelist. (So if you do not normally receive the 
Evangelist, that probably explains why you got this issue.) Since the Newsletter is 
bound in the center of the magazine, it can easily be removed by those who prefer 
to keep it separate from the EVANGELIST. You will notice that the four pages of the 
Newsletter are not included in the page numbers of the Evangelist. 

Answers to Little Crusader Page: 

Matching the Praisers to Their Praise: You should have matched — 
1. Psalm 93:3-4 with seas and oceans; 2. Psalm 148:3-6 with sun, moon, and 
stars; 3. Numbers 22:21-33 with a donkey; 4. Psalm 19:1-4 with the heavens; 
5. Luke 19:37-40 with the stones; 6. Matthew 6:28-30 with wildflowers; 
7. Isaiah 55:12 with mountains. 



March 1991 




The Bramble 

and 

The Resurrection 

By Harold E. Barnett 



WHILE WATCHING television 
one day, I got interested in a 
description of the bramble bush. In 
winter the bramble (or thorn) bush 
appears to be dead when observed 
above ground. Underground, how- 
ever, a spark of life remains in the 
roots, which will cause that plant 
to rise to new plant-life in the 
spring. The television program 
pointed out that if farmers want to 
get rid of the bramble, they must 
dig down and destroy the plant's 
roots. 

In Judges 9:7-21, Jotham tells a 
parable about the bramble, which 
is chosen by the trees of the forest 
to rule over them. In this parable 
the bramble is pictured as a base 

Dr. Barnett is pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Hagerstown, MdL 



and vain plant that loves to lord it 
over others in an evil manner. 

The bramble in this story was 
probably a scraggly bush conmion 
in the hills of Palestine and a con- 
stant menace to farming. It pro- 
duces nothing of value. 

Centuries later, Jesus said, 
"People do not pick figs from 
thornbushes, or grapes from 
briers" (Lk. 6:44*). Isaiah adds 
another dimension to the subject 
of the bramble in these words: 
"Thorns will overrun her citadels, 
nettles and brambles her strong- 
holds" (Is. 34:13). Brambles are 
here said to accompany destruc- 
tion and decay under the judgment 
of God. 

You might ask, "What does this 

'Quotations from the Bible are from 
the New International Version. 



have to do with the resvirrection 
and Easter?" In I Corinthians 
15:35-38 (part of that great chap- 
ter on the nature of the resurrec- 
tion), the Apostle Paul compares 
the death, burial, and resurrection 
of the body of a bom-again person 
to that of a seed that is sown and 
which "dies" in order to give life to 
a new plant by its own "body." 

An earthly parable, of course, 
cannot be pressed to compare with 
spiritual truth in every way. Such 
a practice often leads to false 
teaching. The bramble that seems 
to die but which comes forth in the 
spring is still a natural bramble 
with the same "base" charac- 
teristics. On the other hand, the 
"natural body" that is sown and 
appears to die gives life to a "new 
plant" which, according to I Co- 
rinthians 15, is in reality a super- 
natural, spiritual, glorified body 
fashioned from the natural, earth- 
ly, and corruptible one. 

In this analogy, I would compare 
the bramble with the natural 
human body, which is sinful, 
dying, and corruptible (although 
the Spirit of God, who gives life, 
dwells in such a body as His 
temple). When a bom-again person 
dies physically, the spiritual soul 
does not remain in the dead body 
in the earth. Unlike the bramble, 
the life (soul) in the body is trans- 
planted into the presence of God in 
heaven. At the resurrection, the 
body in the grave will be changed 
into a spiritual body, with which 
the returning soul will unite. Our 
new life is from above, while the 
new life of the natural bramble is 
within itself from below. 

There is, as well, the resurrec- 
tion of both the just and the un- 
just, the saved and the unsaved. 
God will raise the natural body of 
His child and change it into one 
that will live forever in His 
presence. He will raise the natural 
body of the wicked and his wicked 
soul will rejoin his body, which will 

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"Praise God that He can take worthless 'brambles' 

and give us a new nature of great value, which bears fruit 

and which will live gloriously; and triumphantly; forever with Him." 



receive the sentence of eternal 
death at the White Throne Judg- 
ment and then be cast into the 
lake of fire. The power of God will 
raise both bodies, one to everlast- 
ing life and the other to everlast- 
ing death. 

In the United States, we are 
blessed that Easter comes in the 
spring of the year. Spring is the 
time when nature comes back to 
life after the "death" of winter. 
Simil£irly, the resurrection of the 
body will be a new beginning for 
the Christian after the "winter" of 
physical dying and death in this 
world. 

What a glorious day that will be! 
Our "bramble" body, in which the 
Holy Spirit struggles with the 
flesh, will one day be changed com- 
pletely so that no bramble charac- 
teristics will remain. 

In the natural world, the sun 
shines upon both the "good" and 
"bad" plants. Likewise, in the su- 
pernatural or spiritual realm, God 
reveals His love and grace to the 
just and the unjust. But we have 
a choice, while plants do not, 
whether to choose the Way of Life 
or not. We have souls; plants do 
not. We can be changed and live 
forever; plants cannot. All life 
comes from God; death comes from 
Satan and sinful men. Christ can 
change the repentant heart from a 
"bramble" nature to that of a 
"fruitful branch" joined to Christ 
the "Vine." 

Two resurrections 

We must have two resurrections 
in order to be what God wants us 
to be and have all that God wants 
us to have. Our first resurrection 
occurs when we accept Christ as 
Savior, repent of our sins, and let 
Christ come into our hearts with 
His life and light. Then "We know 
that we have passed from death to 
life ..." (I Jn. 3:14). The Apostle 
Paul put it this way: "Therefore, if 
anyone is in Christ, he is a new 

March 1991 



creation; the old has gone, the new 
has come!" (II Cor. 5:17). In 
Romans chapter 6 Paul compares 
our salvation experience with im- 
mersion baptism, where one is 
bviried and raised to new life with 
Christ. Immersion baptism il- 
lustrates our spiritual "death to 
sin" and our "resurrection to new 
life" in Christ based on His death, 
burial, and resurrection. 

Christ became the "firstfruits of 
them that slept" when He arose 
from the grave. Jewish farmers of- 
fered the "firstfruits" of their crops 
to God at the temple. The rest of 
the harvest was blessed of God and 
assured because of their faith and 
obedience in bringing an offering 
of the beginning of the harvest. 

Similarly, because Christ arose 
from the dead literally and physi- 
cally, we are guaranteed our bodily 
resurrection in the day when 
Christ comes in the Rapture to 
take His Body and Bride, the 
church! We will be the "main har- 
vest" which He will gather into His 
"granary" for evermore (Lk. 3:17). 

The "cornerstone" of our faith 

The resurrection of Christ is the 
"cornerstone" of our faith. Every- 
thing falls without it. His resurrec- 
tion validated and justified all that 
He preached, taught, and did for 
our salvation. If Christ did not rise 
from the dead literally. He was 
and is no better than others who 
die for what they believe, teach, 
and do. The Apostle Paul put it 
succinctly in I Corinthians 15:16- 
19, where he wrote: 

For if the dead are not raised, then 
Christ has not been raised either. 
And if Christ has not been raised, 
your faith is futile; you are still in 
your sins. Then those also who 
have fallen asleep in Christ are 
lost. If only for this life we have 
hope in Christ, we are to be pitied 
more than all men. 

The older we become, the more 
important the hope of the resurrec- 



tion becomes to us. The resurrec- 
tion will be our gateway to eternal 
life in a beautiful, glorified, 
spiritual body of substance in 
which we will live eternally. 

Let us celebrate life 

This Easter, let us celebrate life 
and the assurance of a new begin- 
ning as we see "the day approach- 
ing." As we read the immortal 
account of the resurrection of 
Christ, let us rise early and go 
with the women, and let us run 
with Peter full of joy and excite- 
ment to behold the open tomb and 
hear the angel say, "He has risen! 
He is not here. See the place where 
they laid him" (Mk. 16:6). 

Then let us walk and talk with 
Him as did the two disciples on 
their way to Emmaus so that our 
hearts may "burn within us." 
Christ sends us into a world wal- 
lowing in sin and conflict to "make 
disciples of all nations, baptizing 
them in the name of the Father 
and of the Son and of the Holy 
Spirit . . ." (Matt. 28.19). And let us 
be comforted, strengthened, and 
inspired with His final words, 
"And surely I will be with you al- 
ways, to the very end of the age" 
(Matt. 28:20). 

Easter is the time to rejoice in 
the resurrection of Christ and the 
assurance we have of things to 
come. It is the time to reaffirm our 
faith in Christ and His word and to 
recommit ourselves to the task of 
taking the Gospel of Christ to all 
the world until He comes. 

Praise God that He can take 
worthless "brambles" and give us a 
new nature of great value, which 
bears fruit and which will live 
gloriously and triumphantly 
forever with Him. And let us 
praise God that all this is possible 
because He loves us so much that 
He gave His Son to die on Calvary 
and then raised Him from the 
dead. We may have everlasting life 
because He lives! [j] 




I HAVE BEEN exposed to sev- 
eral types of Christian worship. 
I grew up in a Pentecostal chxirch, 
spent my teen years in a non- 
denominational church, attended 
four years at a Catholic high 
school, was baptized and married 
in a Baptist church, and now I at- 
tend and co-write a newsletter for 
a Brethren church. 

In each of these denominations, I 
have celebrated the Eucharist 
(Communion). Each denomination 
has been different. At the Pen- 
tecostal, non-denominational, and 
Baptist chxirches, the elders of the 
church were summoned by the 
pastor to the front, where they 
received trays of tiny pieces of 
cracker or "TDread," which symbol- 
ized the body of Christ. This bread 
was passed throughout the congre- 
gation and was eaten following a 
few words from the Bible proclaim- 
ing that this was of the body of 
Christ. The elders then passed out 
little glasses of grape juice, which 
was consumed following the pas- 
tor's words that this was a symbol 
of the blood of Christ, which was 
shed for our sins. 

At Catholic high school Com- 
munion was different. I was not al- 
lowed to celebrate the Eucharist 
because I was not Catholic. After 
pleading my case with the sisters, 
I was allowed to take Communion 
at the Baccalaureate, which was 
the last Mass offered to seniors at 
this school because graduation was 

Mrs. Stonebraker attends the Valley 
Brethren Church of Jones Mills, Pa., 
where she helps with the church news- 
letter. The Valley Echoes. This article 
originally appeared in that newsletter 
and is reprinted here by permission. 
Mrs. Stonebraker is employed by a 
computer company. 



Communion HiecoCCection 

(BretHren Communion as seen through 
the eyes of a first-time participant 



the next day. (It was a personal 
triumph, also, because I had read 
and learned that taking Commun- 
ion was an outward sign that I am 
a believer of Christ Jesus.) 

As my path in life changes, so 
does my outlook on the denomina- 
tions of Christian worship. They 
all worship in their own way, but 
they all worship the one true God. 

A different kind of Communion 

Well, my outlook on Communion 
changed once again. I airrived at 
the Brethren chiurch expecting the 
Communion to be the same as at 
the Pentecostal, non-denomina- 
tional, and Baptist churches. It 
began to be different when it was 
announced that it would be held in 
the fellowship hall. Okay, so may- 
be the church was expecting a lot 
of people, so many, in fact, that the 
sanctuary wouldn't be big enough. 

When I walked into the fellow- 
ship hall, there were tables set up 
in the shape of the letter "U." I 
took a seat. That's when I noticed 
that the chair from the front of the 
church was placed in the center of 
the "U" and that a purple cloth 
was draped over the back. There 
were candles, cheese, grapes, beef, 
and paper cups of water on the 
tables. What was going on here? 
This is not the type of Communion 
I grew up in. 

The pastor spoke. He explained 
that this set-up is probably similar 
to how it was at the Last Supper. 
The disciples sat around with 
Christ and there was conversation, 
so we were instructed to do the 
same. We were to get the feeling 
that we were at the Last Supper, 
too. We ate the cheese, grapes, 
beef, and we drank the water. We 
had bread which we spread with 



^y Micfiede StoneSra((:er 

butter. This was good. This was a 
new outlook for me. So what was 
next? The little crackers and the 
grape juice? 

No. Next was the washing of the 
feet. This was a complete surprise 
to me. This is not the Communion 
I was used to. I could not do this. 
This is where I draw the line. My 
feet are not the best-looking set of 
ten toes. They've been damaged by 
years of cheap shoes and thou- 
sands of strides on attractive brick 
sidewalks in Washington D.C. 
Nope, I would not bare my feet. 
This part I would sit out. 

Maybe it was the Lord speaking 
to me, but the next thing I knew, 
Emma was pouring the warmest 
water on my twinkle toes and dry- 
ing them with a clean white towel. 
Then I, in turn, did the same to 
La Verne. This has to have been 
the most moving experience in my 
Christian life since I became a 
Christian. This is what Com- 
munion is about, I thought. Christ 
did this to the disciples; this was 
part of the Last Supper. This had 
immense meaning to me. 

Back at the table, we sang songs 
and we praised God in our per- 
sonal ways. Then the elders passed 
out the bread (which was not from 
the cracker or wafer family, but a 
soft, sweet bread), and later we. 
drank from those same little 
glasses I had grown up with. 

At this moment in my life, at 
this Communion, I understood 
Christ more and my love for Him 
and for His dying on the cross for 
my sins. My relationship with Him 
became more intense. No longer 
would I have the same "formatted" 
outlook on Communion. 

What a wonderful thing for a 
Christian to experience! [j] 

The Brethren Evangelist 




Have You 
Washed 
Any Feet 
Lately? 



Feet-washing 

shouldn't end 

when the 

Communion 

service is over. 

By Sharon Beth Brani 

SOME TIME AGO I heard a Sunday morn- 
ing sermon that not only stirred my 
imagination but also challenged me in the 
deepest part of my being. 

The subject was the account of Jesus' wash- 
ing the disciples' feet, as recorded in the 
Gospel of John. During the Last Supper, 
Jesus, moved with compassion for His dis- 
ciples, removed His robe and washed their 
feet, wiping them with a towel that He had 
wrapped around His waist. 

When He had finished washing the dis- 
ciples' feet and had again taken His place at 
the table, Jesus said, "I have set you an ex- 
Ms. Brani lives in Culpeper, Va. She is a first 
grade teacher and also does free-lance writing. 

March 1991 



ample that you should do as 
I have done for you" (John 
13:15, NIV). 

The thought that struck 
me that Sunday morning was 
this question: "When have I 
washed someone's feet?" In 
the days that followed, I 
silently pondered that ques- 
tion and examined my life. 

In all honesty I must admit 
that I was not pleased with 
what I saw. I had been pro- 
grammed to watch out for 
Number One; to take care of 
myself; to be successful; not 
to be a doormat. In every 
situation I found myself 
thinking, "How does this af- 
fect me?" "Does this improve 
my image?" "Watch out for 
yourself, for no one else will." 

Beginning of a change 

This period of introspection 
was the beginning of a 
change in niy life. Deep 
within myself I began to ex- 
perience a growing empti- 
ness. 

I asked the Lord to show 
me someone whose feet I 
could wash. It wasn't long 
before He did. A librarian at 
my school was taken sudden- 
ly ill. For days she lay in bed, 
racked with searing pain. 

I called her one afternoon 
to comfort and encourage. "Is 
there anything I can do for 
you?" I asked, trying to think 
what her needs might be. 

"No, not that I can think 
of," she politely responded. 

Then an idea came to me. 
"June, I'll be glad to come 
over and clean your bath- 
room." 

"That would be wonderful!" 
I heard her say with a catch 
in her voice. 

So a few hours later, I ar- 
rived at her home, armed 
with buckets, scrub brushes, 
and disinfectants. On my 
knees, I scrubbed and 
cleaned. It was not fun, but 
all the time my heart sang 
with joy because God had 
shown me a specific way to 
serve. God used me to meet 
her need. 

Now I long to live a life of 



service. It's easy to forget, to 
slip into old patterns of 
thinking. But the sheer emp- 
tiness of this way of life 
demands that I change. 

Sometimes washing an- 
other's feet is simply putting 
an arm around someone who 
is ready to call it quits. 
Sometimes it's writing a note 
to someone who has ex- 
perienced a severe loss. 
Oftentimes it's service that 
goes unnoticed. No trumpets 
sound. No newsmen are in 
attendance. But my Father 
sees, and that's enough. 

Washing feet sometimes 
hurts. A friend of mine faith- 
fully cares for her aged 
mother who no longer recog- 
nizes her, no longer even 
knows her name. But that 
does not diminish the love 
with which the daughter 
serves each day. Love does 
not seek its own. It looks for 
ways to give itself away. 

Not long ago I was asked to 
play the piano for a special 
occasion. I was delighted to 
be asked. But then I remem- 
bered that another woman 
who also plays well is rarely 
given an opportunity. I quiet- 
ly declined, suggesting that 
this other woman be asked 
first. It was hard to do, but I 
felt it was what Jesus would 
do. 

The other woman did ac- 
cept, and she did a wonderful 
job. It was a golden moment 
for her, and my inner joy 
overflowed. 

I'm learning the art of 
washing feet, though at 
times I still feel as if I'm in 
the beginner course. I have 
so much to learn! But I now 
see that my conmiitment to 
God is being expressed in 
understandable language 
through my relationships 
with people. And the Lord 
has given me a fresh new 
song to sing every day. 

New purpose to my life 

Learning the art of wash- 
ing feet has brought a fresh 
perspective and a new pur- 
(continued on page 9) 

7 




Christian Writers 

of the Past 
Who Speak 

to Us Today 



Dy Jerry Flora 



WHEN IT COMES to anniver- 
saries, 1991 is a special year. 
It marks centuries and half-cen- 
turies since some of Christianity's 
greatest writers died. We can 
quickly mention seven whose 
books have helped millions of 
believers. Their writings have a 
timeless quality that makes them 
often called classic. 

Thomas R. Kelly 

This year, for example, is the fif- 
tieth since the deaths of Thomas 
R. Kelly and Evelyn Underbill. 
Kelly (1893-1941), an Ohio Quak- 
er, was a college professor and 
friend of another famous Quaker 
teacher, Elton Trueblood. 

The life of Dr. Kelly was marked 
by poor health, family debt, and a 
driving ambition to become a 
world-class scholar. At the age of 
44 he went through a personal cri- 
sis so damaging that some feared 
he might commit suicide. God 
healed his spirit, but not his body. 

He died when he was 47, leaving 
behind a handful of essays and ad- 
dresses. Most of them were written 
as God closed the chasm within 
him during the last three years of 
his life. A friend collected them in 
the slender volume, A Testament of 
Devotion (Harper & Row, 1941), 
which has never gone out of print. 
His essay, "The Simplification of 
Life," sounds as if he wrote it just 
yesterday and speaks powerfully 

Dr. Flora is Professor of New Testa- 
ment Theology at Ashland Theological 
Seminary. 

8 



about a Brethren doctrine nearly 
forgotten at the present time. 

Evelyn Underhill 

Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) 
also died 50 years ago, leaving a 
legacy of 37 books and 350 pub- 
lished articles. Today we would 
call her a free-lance writer, but she 
was known in her lifetime as a re- 
treat leader, the first woman to 
lecture on religion at Oxford 
University, and perhaps the 
world's leading authority on mys- 
ticism. 

With all of that, she remained a 
humble follower of Jesus Christ, a 
faithful member of the Church of 
England, and a committed friend 
of the poor in London. Her books 
continue to help many by their 
wisdom, their balance, and her 
down-to-earth way of making the 
most exalted topics concrete. The 
House of the Soul (published with 
The Inner Life) is an excellent 
introduction to her devotional 
writing. 

John Wesley 

This year is the two-hundredth 
anniversary of the death of one of 
Christianity's many-sided leaders, 
John Wesley (1703-1791). In a ca- 
reer of 53 years, he rode a quarter- 
million miles on horseback to 
preach more than forty thousand 
sermons. 

Although he was a lifelong mem- 
ber of the Church of England, we 
remember him as the founder of 
the Methodist Church. He knew 
the Greek New Testanient better 



than any English translation. He 
was a pastor, priest, evangelist, 
teacher, Bible commentator, medi- 
cal advisor, and reformer of the 
church in his day. 

He left behind a multi-volume 
journal of his life, a conmientary 
on the New Testament, innumer- 
able sermons, and over 2,600 let- 
ters of counsel and encourage- 
ment. We can catch something of 
his spirit in his Plain Account of 
Christian Perfection. There he 
speaks of the need for holiness and 
how he believes we can find it. 

Brother Lawrence 

The year 1691 saw the death of 
three great devotional writers, one 
in France and two in England. The 
Frenchman was Brother Lawrence 
of the Resurrection (1611-1691), 
known almost entirely for his little 
classic. The Practice of the 
Presence of God. One of the small- 
est of all spiritual guides, the book 
describes four conversations with 
Brother Lawrence and includes 
about a dozen letters that he 
wrote. With that tiny output this 
lay brother has encouraged and 
comforted many other Christians 
in their desire to walk closely with 
God. 

Although he was a Catholic, he 
sometimes sounds Protestant in 
his emphasis on going straight to 
God in prayer, keeping it as simple 
as possible, and being honest 
about our feelings. He also re- 
minds us not to kick ourselves 
when we are down, but to acknow- 
ledge our fall, confess what is 

The Brethren Evangelist 



wrong, and get going once more. 
The Practice of the Presence of God 
is available in many editions, some 
so small that they slip into purse 
or pocket without any bulge. 

George Fox 

George Fox (1624-1691) was in 
some ways the opposite of Brother 
Lawrence. Fox's spiritual break- 
through came in his mid-twenties 
after a period of disillusionment 
with organized Christianity. Re- 
jecting all existing churches, he 
called like-minded believers to a 
committed, sacrificial life of dis- 
cipleship. He insisted on silence in 
worship, obedience in conduct, and 
simplicity in all things. Nothing 
outward was to aid in the practice 
of faith, not even baptism or Com- 
munion. 

Nicknamed Quakers for their 
prophetic preaching, his fellowship 
called themselves the Society of 
Friends. Fox and his disciples were 
persecuted for their silent worship, 
their rejection of sacraments, their 
allowance of women in leadership, 
and their non-resistance. His 
autobiographical Journal details 



his pilgrimage of faith and con- 
tinues to challenge people of our 
day. 

Richard Baxter 

The third major devotional writ- 
er to die in 1691 was the Puritan 
Richard Baxter (1615-1691). Dur- 
ing his long, hectic life he suffered 
from ill health. An imprisonment 
of 21 months when he was 70 prob- 
ably hastened his death. Still, his 
published works fill 23 volumes, 
although few of them are read 
today. 

His best known are The Saints' 
Everlasting Rest and The Re- 
formed Pastor. In the latter he sets 
out "a pattern for personal growth 
and ministry," touching on matters 
of self-care, the care of the flock, 
and how to preserve the fellow- 
ship. Multnomah Press has pub- 
lished an abridged edition in its 
Classics of Faith and Devotion 
series (1982). 

John of the Cross 

Finally, 1991 is the four- 
hundredth anniversary of the 
death of one of Spain's most gifted 



writers, Juan de la Cruz (John of 
the Cross, 1542-1591). Pupil and 
friend of the great Theresa of 
Avila, John's life was marked by 
intense suffering at the hands of 
those nearest to him. He was im- 
prisoned, beaten, and starved by 
members of the monastic order to 
which he belonged. He coined the 
phrase Dark Night of the Soul 
(Doubleday, 1959), an expression 
that has helped many to describe 
part of their own journey in faith. 

John was a Christian of serious, 
even extreme dedication, and his 
writings remain outstanding ex- 
amples of contemplative devotion. 
His Spanish poetry is considered 
to be some of the world's most 
beautiful, a standard by which 
other writing is judged. 

Here are seven Christian writers 
— some familiar, others not so 
well known — who have made our 
world a better place. In this year of 
remembrance, we can improve our 
lives by seeking out their acquaint- 
ance. They speak in their writings 
of eternal life here and now. They 
illuminate the Center, from which 
all else receives its light. [f] 



Have You Washed Any Feet Lately? 

(continued from page 7) 
pose to my life. I find myself seeing 
people and their circtmistances in 
a different light. Their needs be- 
come in a sense my needs. 

For example, a very elderly man 
lives in my community. I came to 
know him through a mutual 
friend. The man has few visitors, 
and his days seem to stretch from 
morning to evening. He's also crip- 
pled, not only in body but also in 
spirit. 

Gradually this man with the 
snow-white hair and wrinkled face 
has become an important p£irt of 
my life. I try to visit him regularly, 
sometimes taking a piece of cake 
or a magazine. 

I do not visit because it's enjoy- 
able. On the contrairy, the smells 
that greet me when I enter his 
home almost chase me away. And 
the difficulty I have getting him to 
converse is frustrating. But my 
white-haired friend needs human 
contact. And most of all he needs 
the Lord. I know that God loves 
him. So I visit and I pray. 

March 1991 



The wonder of it all is that as I 
am obedient about washing feet, 
my joy breaks forth. But I couldn't 
do it without God. By being obedi- 
ent to Him, however, I have grown 
sensitive to the needs of the elder- 
ly, and I hunger m.ore to be used 
by the Lord. 

As I reflect on my life, I realize 
that God has used various people 
to wash my feet. I'll never forget a 
few years ago when I was unjustly 
criticized in my professional life. 
The hurt and pain of ugly accusa- 
tions and my mounting fear of a 
lawsuit made each new day a 
struggle. 

For the first time since I began 
teaching I did not want to go to 
school. I did not want to "love" the 
children. The thought of even en- 
tering the classroom and sitting at 
my desk was revolting. I wondered 
how I would ever make it through 
the school yeeir. 

Then one morning, in the midst 
of my pain and grief, I walked into 
my room and saw on my desk a 
single red rose. It was the most 
beautiful rose I had ever seen. As 
I slowly touched the velvety red 



petals, tears streamed down my 
cheeks. 

I know that God was whispering 
hope to me. He was reminding me 
that I was not forsaken, that He 
wanted me to continue to be the 
best teacher I could be for Him. 
The sun shone again. The dear 
friend who ministered to me in 
that loving way will always be in 
my heart. 

I long to leave roses on other 
people's desks, to 
offer words of hope 
to one who is 
ready to call it 
quits. I yearn to 
give a cup of cool 
water to one 
whose lips are dry 
and cracked. For 
then the world will 
begin to see that God does love; 
that He really does care for us. 

There are many around the 
world who already are silently 
washing feet. They are usually un- 
noticed. They are often forgotten. 
But Jesus calls us to join Him and 
them in washing feet. Let's put on 
the towel and grab the basin! [j] 





Reaching Out 
Through Support Groups 



WHAT IS THE BEST WAY of 
carrying out evangelism and 
outreach? I'm not going to tell you 
that my church has the only 
answer, because every church's 
situation is unique. What works 
for us may not work for you. Yet 
Christ's love is central to why we 
are involved. 

At Park Street Brethren Church 
in Ashland, Ohio, we have a very 
blessed and servant-oriented group 
of people who are willing to open 
their lives, their hearts, and their 
hurts to friends, relatives, neigh- 
bors, coworkers, and strangers 
through our support groups. The 
result has been Christians joyfully 
carrying others' burdens and par- 
ticipants feeling love, acceptance, 
and healing. In the process, people 
have grown. Some have joined the 
family of Christ; some have 
"rejoined"; some have "been 
healed"; and some have "returned 
home to begin anew." 

Several years ago our church 
began looking intently at our com- 
munity in an effort to see where 
there were areas of hurt that were 
not being addressed by other 
groups. Next we prayerfully 
solicited those in our congregation 
who were willing to help minister 
to these needs — those who felt a 
concern for these needs tugging at 
their hearts. These people, along 
with our pastoral staff, then be- 
came the core staff who were will- 
ing to carry the burden and to 
reach out with the consoling, 

Mr. Huber is a member of Park 
Street Brethren Church of Ashland, 
Ohio, where he chairs the Outreach 
Ministry. He is also a member of the 
Evangelism and Church Growth Com- 
mission of The Brethren Church. 

10 



caring arms of Jesus to hurting, 
lonely people. 

The Divorce Recovery Sup- 
port Group reaches out to people 
who have gone through one of the 
most emotionally devastating ex- 
periences a person can endure. It 
provides an opportunity for people 
to talk about their feelings and to 
discuss ways to cope with those 
feelings. It also helps them realize 
that they are not alone. Meetings 
often include a special speaker, 
counselor, or therapist, with open 
discussion time afterward. The 
group is currently watching a four- 
part film series entitled Suddenly 
Single. 

The Bereavement Support 
Group has been in existence more 
than five years. A core staff of 
seven people plans monthly meet- 
ings, makes follow-up contacts, 
and invites others to the group. In 
the meetings, tears are not only 
acceptable, but encouraged. The 
emotions that accompany grief — 
such as denial, anger, and guilt — 
may be expressed, and common ex- 
periences are shared. Above all, 
those who weep are given the as- 
surance that the Lord said, "I will 
never leave you nor forsake you." 
They are reminded that He is in 
control of a shattered life. 

The Healing Hearts Support 
Group ministers to adult women 
who are survivors of childhood 
sexual abuse. Through a process of 
many months together, the mem- 
bers change from strangers to 
family. For some, this is the closest 
kind of kinship they have ever ex- 
perienced. Together they celebrate 
small victories in their own 
recovery and encourage one an- 
other in the slow process of tearing 
down the walls of pain they have 



By Steve Huber 

built since childhood. Years of 
mistrust begin to heal as within 
the circle of support these women 
learn to trust their own feelings 
and to trust others. And some, if 
not all, begin to once again believe 
in the God who they feel once al- 
lowed them to be betrayed. 

The Adult Children of Alco- 
holics Support Group is a new 
ministry that will soon start. Here 
again the burden was placed on 
peoples' hearts, and Christ raised 
up workers — people damaged by 
life's experiences but who are 
ready to take up Christ's cross and 
help carry it. 

I could also tell you about the 
VISA Support Group, where 
those affected with partial or total 
loss of sight have become a family 
bound together by Christ. But I 
must move on and at least list our 
other support groups. 

These include oxir Practical As- 
sistance Group, which helps 
people with maintenance and 
repairs around the home; and also 
our International Students, who 
meet for times of Bible study, fel- 
lowship, and mutual encourage- 
ment. And who knows what group 
will be started next. 

In conclusion I want to add that 
people do not have to attend Park 
Street Church in order to become a 
participant in one of these groups. 
We don't care where they go to 
church (although having them at- 
tend Park Street is indeed a 
bonus). What we do care about is 
that Jesus Christ is central to our 
ministry. Otherwise, why even do 
it? So, for the sake of souls and in 
order to provide healing, let us all 
seek to reach out to those with 
physical, emotional, and spiritual 
needs in our communities. [fl 

The Brethren Evangeust 



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March-April 1991 



Volume 4, Number 4 



%t 'presidmts "pm 

Dear Friends, 

Greetings in the name of oxir match- 
less Lord! Hopefully by now all the 
rush and busyness of the holidays are 
behind you. 

It's good to know that God is our 
refuge from the world, especially 
during this time of crisis for our na- 
tion. I don't suppose there are too 
many of you who are not touched in 
some way by the war in the Gulf, 
either with a family member or a 
friend stationed in Saudi Arabia. Even 
though our church is somewhat small, 
we have three families who have rela- 
tives located in the Gulf region. Thus, 
our whole congregation is involved in 
showing ovir love and support for them 
as well as for their families left behind. 
Let's continue to remember our 
leaders and the leaders around the 
world. Only God c£in bring about peace 
now. 

How are you doing encouraging new 
members to be a part of your women's 
ministry? I read several articles on 
ministries for women in the winter 
issue of Leadership. They had some 
good suggestions for enhancing this 
outreach in the local congregation, and 
I would like to share just a few ideas 
with you. 

The challenge in women's ministry 
is to target and blend different genera- 
tions of women. I believe this is one of 
our most urgent areas of need. Our 
congregations are miade up of single 
women, retired women, working 
women, mothers with small children, 
divorced women, £ind divorced women 
with children. What a challenge! We 
need a "fresh" approach. Let's stop 
being preoccupied with our own exist- 
ence. If we are to have a fresh ap- 
proach, then we must have a new 
perspective of the women in our con- 
gregation. Perhaps a survey would 
benefit your outreach and give you 
ideas on direction. 

As in any ministry, the key to suc- 
cess is prayer. God can remove 
(continued on page 3) 



FOOTPRINTS OF JESUS 

The devotions presented at the WMS Conference, August 9, 1990, 

by Judy Eckerley 



In our two previous looks at where 
the Footsteps of Jesus lead us, we have 
discovered how He leads us into ser- 
vanthood and through dark valleys. At 
first, this m^ay seem a bit pessimistic, 
until we realize that it is only in our 
position as a servant can we become 
like Jesus, and it is in the dark valleys 
of life that we do our heavy growing. 

Now, let's explore one last place 
where His footsteps will lead us. It is a 
place where He will lead all of His 
children and yet, none of us reading 
this have been there yet. His footsteps 
will lead us home - His Home. In John 
14:1-4, Jesus tells us that He is 
preparing a place for us in Heaven and 
promises us that, where He is, there 
we may be also. 

What is Heaven like? We pick up 
hints of mansions, jasper walls, pearl 
gates, and golden streets, but our 
earth-bound minds just can't seem to 
comprehend it. It is interesting that 
Scripture tells us as much about what 
isn't in Heaven as what is there. There 
is no sea, no sun, no night, no sin, no 
death, no closed gates, no pain, no sor- 
row, no crying. 

A few years ago, I had just finished 
a study of Heaven with a group of first 
and second graders. (I pause here to 
say that, if you want your theology 
honed to a fine point, try teaching it to 
young children. In fact, I'm not so sure 
anyone should be perm.itted to teach 
theology to adults until they have first 
been able to teach it to children!) As 
we reviewed some of the things that 
were not in Heaven, one little boy ex- 
claimed, "Ain't gonna be no Kleenex in 
Heaven." Since that hadn't been on our 
list, I questioned him about it, and he 
replied, "Well, if we ain't gonna get 
sick and we ain't gonna cry, what 
would we need 'um for?" 

If there are any Kleenex in Heaven, 
they will be at God's disposal, for in 
Revelation 21:4 we read these beauti- 
ful words: "God shall wipe away all 
tears from their eyes." I used to think 



those were the tears left over from our 
journey through the dark valley of 
death, but, as I have grown older, I 
have come up with another theory. 
When we step through the gate of our 
Father's home, we will "know even as 
also we are known" (I Corinthians 
13:12). So we will suddenly under- 
stand exactly what our salvation could 
have meant to us and to others. We 
will see what we could have become if 
we had laid aside our selfish pursuits 
and submitted completely to His 
Lordship. I am afraid that moment of 
revelation will be enough to bring the 
tears to many of our eyes. But God in 
grace and mercy will wipe those tears 
from our eyes and still lovingly wel- 
come us home. 

How can I be prepared for all the 
places Jesus' footsteps will lead me on 
my way Home? I believe a key verse 
for us is John 13:3. We read "Jesus, 
knowing that the Father had given all 
things into His hands, and that He 
was come from God and went to God 
. . . ."As we continue through the 
chapter, we discover that He was able 
to wash His disciples' feet and later 
face a Gethsemane and even a Gol- 
gotha. Knowing certain things enabled 
Jesus to face all of this; and, if we can 
know the same things, I believe it will 
enable us to also face whatever lies 
ahead. 

First, Jesus knew that the Father 
had given all things into His hands. 
He knew that the power of God was 
available to Him, and today we 
believers through the indwelling of the 
Holy Spirit have the power of God un- 
leashed in our lives. 

Jesus also had the responsibility of 
providing salvation for a lost creation 
placed in His hands. If He didn't 
redeem us, no one would. Today we 
have the responsibility of sharing and 
showing that message of redemption to 
our world, knowing that we have His 
power and the responsibility to share 
(continued on page 2) 



Footprints (continued) 

His message should motivate us even 

as it did Jesus. 

He also knew that "He was come 
from God." He knew who He was. Do 
you know who you are? In John 1:12, 
we learn that we can be the children of 
God. When you meet the conditions of 
that verse, you can confidently know 
that you are a child of God, and, in 
knowing that, there is great confidence 
and freedom that enables you to face 
the future. 

Finally, in that verse, we see that 
Jesus knew "He went to God." Jesus 
knew that Heaven awaited Him and 
that knowledge empowered Him to 
face what lay ahead. We, too, can know 
exactly where we are going. I John 
5:12-13 teaches us that as believers we 
can claim Heaven as our home with 
complete assurance. We can say with 
total confidence, "I know I'm going to 
go to Heaven," and that confidence 
enables us to go wherever His 
footsteps lead. 

Two words that tend to make some 
Brethren feel uncomfortable are "eter- 
nal security." Throughout history, we 
have aligned ourselves in various 
theological camps. Since our brothers 
in the Calvinist camp believe in eter- 
nal security, we who have pitched our 
tents near the Armenian camp feel 
that we shouldn't believe in it. Friend, 
the eternal security of the believers is 
one of the clearly taught doctrines of 
the Scriptures and must be believed, if 
we are to have hope and confidence. I'll 
leave the debates to the theologians, 
but I do not believe that the eternal 
security of the believer is the issue 
that divides us from our Calvinist 
brothers. Instead, the issue is whether 
one can cease to be a believer or not. 
Most Brethren tend to believe that it is 
possible by an act of our will to forfeit 
our spiritual birthright, just as Esau 
in the Old Testament chose to forfeit 
his birthright. Frankly, I think it is 
much too small of an issue to be 
divisive. 

You can know for sure that you are 
going to Heaven and, if you don't have 
that assurance, I suggest you spend 
time in God's Word and with trusted 
Christian friends who can help you. 
Sisters, His footprints will eventually 
lead us to His throne. Knowing that, 
we can handle wherever else they lead 
us on our way there. 




HERE'S AN IDEA! 



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The Milledgeville ladies had a fes- 
tive Christmas luncheon. Read Lucile 
Woessner's write-up: 

Our Christmas luncheon is an oc- 
casion that all the WMS ladies of the 
church look forward to. This year the 
Brethren Beacons invited our younger 
sisters, The Priscillas, to "The 
Shepherd's Silver Serenade," based on 
the Bible scripture, Luke 2:8. 

Upon entering the Sheep Cove 
(foyer), we were given white lamb cut- 
outs with name tags 'n bows. With 
these in hand, we were all asking "Are 
Ewe my partner?" Upon finding our 
partners, we were called to the Sheep- 
fold (social room) by Our Little Bo- 
Peep in a traditional costume carrying 
her shepherd's staff. She used the 
Biblical "Tally Ho," which was the way 
the shepherds called their sheep, for 
us to follow her. 

The social room was decorated in sil- 
ver, pastels, green, and white with a 
huge Little Bo-Peep and numerous 
lambs. The table decorations were Bo- 
Peep dolls, lambs, and reindeer, and 
staffs (white candy canes) for favors. 

The program opened with a 
pianologue by Lucile Woessner and 
Lenora Blumer introducing Wendy 
Wiersema, Little Bo-Peep, as the MC. 
Original words were sung to the tune 
"Whispering Hope" as the table bless- 
ing. Green Pastures was the delicious 
salad bar. 

The president, Leona Real, gave the 
welcome. That Warm, Woolly Feeling. 
Devotions were given by Ruth Miller, 
"Don't Shear Christ out of your Christ- 
mas." Stephanie Dennis with her 
stuffed lamb sat in a rocking chair to 
listen as Little Bo-Peep, representing 
a descendant of one of the Judean 
shepherds, told the Christmas story to 
Stephanie, who was her great, great, 
great grand-daughter. "The Sheep's 
Tale" was intermingled with music, "O 
Holy Night" (Dorothy Ruth Glenn), 
"Star of the East" (Doretta Newen- 
dyke), "O Little Town of Bethlehem" 
(Linda Schell), "Away in a Manger" 
(Stephanie Dennis) and concluded by 
all singing "Joy to the World." 

Sparks from the Shepherds' 
Campfire was a humorous reading, 
"Practicin for the Christmas Program" 
by Margaret Hawkins. Group singing 
included "Savior, Like a Shepherd 



Lead Us"; "Thank You, Lord"; "At the 
Christmas Loom of Life"; and "Al- 
leluia." 

A special feature was a demonstra- 
tion of spinning wool by Linda Miatke, 
a local fanner's wife who raises her 
own sheep. Linda used a live Angora 
rabbit to illustrate how to clean, card, 
dye and spin wool. She showed 
sweaters, mittens, and scarves she had 
made. Lillian Cook read "The Weaver." 

The luncheon concluded with a 
friendship circle and much Flock Talk! 
The conunittee chairmen were Lucile 
Woessner, Viola Workman, and 
Marian Haugh. 

Carolyn Waters from the Bur- 
lington, Indiana, church worked with 
Child Care, Inc., in the Joliet area last 
September, following the devastation 
of tornadoes over Labor Day weekend. 
The organization coordinates efforts 
and instructs individuals in giving 
care and consoling children after a dis- 
aster. This frees parents while they 
reconstruct and restore some normalcy 
to their lives. Carolyn spent 10 days in 
the area, caring for 55 children. She 
and her husband, Ronald, are now the 
pastor's family in Waterloo, Iowa. 

Warsaw (IN) ladies pledged to adopt 
missionary families for the year, 
remembering them at holiday time as 
well as with notes of encouragement. 

Sarasota Evening (FL) circulated a 
"love basket" holding a home-made 
gift. Each recipient gave a thank-you 
offering, made a gift, and passed the 
basket to the next person on the list. 

Mt. Olive (VA) combined the moth- 
er-daughter and father-son banuqets. 

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Last summer's Pennsylvania WMS 
conference was at Camp Peniel and 
featured Russ Gordon, the Director of 
Home Missions, as the speaker. He 
said, "We need the Lord, but there are 
many others who don't know the Lord 
and need Him, also. God needs us to 
reach those who don't know Him." 
Russ gave special information about 
Paraguay, since that mission field is 
the district conference project. It is 
also the mission outreach of the Argen- 
tine churches; the Anzulovich family 
moved from Argentina to Paraguay to 
start the work. Russ spoke about the 
four Ps for missions: the Plan, the Pro- 
gram, the Personnel, and the Power. 
Now we need to use them. In keeping 
with the theme, Eric B gerhuff sang 
"People Need the Lord." 

Devotions for the sessions were 
given by Grace Radcliff, and special 
music was sung by Joanne Cole. The 
project offering received was over 
$1,100 for Pgiraguay. The new district 
project is Malaysia. 

Lois Oligee, Ohio district president, 
reports: The Ohio Retreat was at 
Camp Bethany in October, a beautiful 
time to be in the hills. 64 women were 
registered. Each society participated in 
Friday Night Live, with presentations 
ranging from humorous to thought- 
provoking. 

Saturday the retreat speaker, 
Josephine Poole from Life Line Mini- 
stries in South Carolina, led the study 
on prayer. For the practical applica- 
tion, name tags were exchanged, 
matching prayer partners for the year. 

Sherry VanDuyne gave Saturday 
morning devotions and Sharon Hees- 
tand led group singing during the day. 

In the Midwest District, the 
Cheyenne Evening ladies grew closer 
in prayer and encouragement. The 
Fort Scott women provided lunch for 
the all-church cleaning day, and food, 
clothing, toys, and bedding to the 
needy in the community. Twelve mem- 
bers took part in their Public Service. 
The skit, "Death of WMS," was given 
at the district conference by the Mul- 
vane ladies. 

The Southeast District reports that 
the Bethlehem Mary and Martha 
society succeeded in getting some 
young girls to join. The Linwood ladies 
held a soup-and-sandwich luncheon for 
World Relief, and gave an evening pro- 
gram for the World Day of Prayer. 
When the Maurertown ladies visit 
shut-ins, they take "goodies." St. 
Luke's society made valentine boxes 
for the senior citizens and shut-ins of 
their community. 

March-April 1991 



Missionaries of March are Miguel 
and Sonia Antunez and their son, Car- 
los. Several years ago they came into 
the United States through unusual cir- 
cumstances, attended the Spanish- 
speaking church in Sarasota, and 
accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. 
Feeling Christ's call to the ministry, 
they came to Ashland Theological 
Seminary (ATS). 

It became necessary for the family to 
return to their native Peru, and now 
they continue to wait for permission to 
return to ATS. However, just as Paul, 
a prisoner, wrote to the church at 
Colosse (Colossians 4), Miguel and 
Sonia "continue in prayer and watch 
. . . with thanksgiving . . . that God 
would open a door of utterance to 
speak the mystery of Christ . . . 
redeeming the time." They minister 
among their people, showing God's 
love. Continue to pray for them. 




The April missionary is Allen Baer 
from the Goshen, Indiana, church. 
Allen is a tentmaker in Buenos Aires, 
supporting himself as a teacher and 
working in the church in many 
capacities. His furlough is scheduled 
for this summer. 

Speaking of tentmakers (once again 
Paul is our example), the Missionary 
Board has a continual need for people 
to relocate into an area of a new 
Brethren chvirch to earn their living 
and to help in the growth of the 
church. Contact Jim Black in the Mis- 
sionary Board office, if you want to 
talk about this opportunity to serve 
the Lord. 




2020, A Vision for Brethren Mis- 
sions is the endowment program es- 
tablished by the Missionary Board to 
assure funds for the future. In addition 
to the annual missionary offerings 
which only sustain the programs, the 
Board chose the endowment program 
in which funds are invested, then the 
earned interest is used for special 



projects. The principal is never used, 
but continues to earn interest. You'll 
hear more about this, but think of 
these mission opportunities: the ex- 
pansion of current mission program.s 
and the provision of venture capital for 
new areas. 

In a previous Newsletter I an- 
nounced Shanthi Kumar's pending 
marriage in November. She is now 
Mrs. Vincent Edwin. Pray for them as 
they seek God's guidance, too. 

Health problems continue to plague 
Diane Kerner in Bogota, Colombia, 
and Sally Saunders in Mexico City. 

The world needs our prayers — 
serious economic conditions in Argen- 
tina, terrorist attacks in Colombia, the 
millions in Mexico City without Christ 
as their Saviour, the political changes 
in Europe, the government restrictions 
in Malaysia, the war in the Persian 
Gulf, our missionaries and nationals, 
and the other Christian people 
throughout the world who are Christ's 
witnesses in Jerusalem, Judaea, 
Samaria, and the uttermost part of the 
earth. 

At Christmas I received a note pad 
with inspirational poetry. I like every 
page! One line is "Dear Lord, be with 
Your world today and then through 
each tomorrow." 

President's Pen (continued) 
obstacles and change hearts to pave 
the way for an outstanding missionary 
group. Karen Mains writes, "The 
church woman of the nineties ... is 
insisting on investing wisely, giving 
her time and abilities where they will 
be most effective. It is not that she is 
disinterested in missions. Often she is 
keenly concerned about outreach — 
not only across the seas, but also 
across the street. Her mindset is not 
just missions for missions' sake; she is 
less inclined to fill a church hole simp- 
ly because a church hole exists. But 
she is miightily concerned with her own 
development as a potential missionary 
within her sphere of society .... The 
women's groups that are mushrooming 
are doing so because they understand 
the new mentality of today's women." 

Are you challenged or giving up 
hope? I hope you are challenged. We 
must be encouraged to continue trying 
creative approaches as we minister to 
the variety of women within the 
church's congregation and community. 

May God bless each of us as we 
press on toward the mark for His 
Glory! 

In His Love, 
Dee Benshoff 



Footprints of Jesus 

Sweetly, Lord, have we heard Thee 
calling, 
"Come, follow Me!" 
And we see where Thy footprints 
falling 
Lead us to Thee. 
Though they lead o'er the cold, dark 
mountains, 
Seeking His sheep, 
Or along by Siloam's fountains, 

Helping the weak; 
If they lead through the temple holy. 

Preaching the Word, 
Or in homes of the poor and lowly. 

Serving the Lord; 
Then at last, when on High He sees 
us. 
Our journey done. 
We will rest where the steps of Jesus 

End at His throne. 
Footprints of Jesus, that make the 

pathway glow! 
We will follow the steps of Jesus 
where'er they go. 

Mary B. C. Slade 




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Ik lEdirpr's hiditw 

Dear Friend, ^"^ 

Welcome to you who are on the ex- 
panded mailing list! This is the initial 
cooperative issue with The Brethren 
Evangelist. To you ladies, simply pull 
out the Newsletter and keep it with 
your WMS materials, like always. 

The advantages are sharing 
denominational information with each 
other's reading audience. For many of 
you, there is no difference except you 
are receiving both publications simul- 
taneously. Please let me know how you 
like this arrangement. 

Public opinion certainly brings about 
important decisions. The boycott of 
Burger King, promoted by CLear TV, 
brought almost immediate results! 
Originally planned for one year be- 
cause Burger King sponsored distaste- 
ful programs, the boycott was lifted 
November 1. Almost immediately 
Burger King had felt the effect and 
changed their TV programs and com- 
mercials. Now you can eat Burger 
burgers, knowing the company endor- 
ses wholesome entertainment for 
families and serves wholesome food, 
too. 

Someone asked if she can buy Clorox 
products, which were boycotted last 
year. Yes! Clorox cleaned up (pun in- 
tended) their programs, too. 

Two stores which should not be 
patronized are K-Mart and Walden- 
books. K-Mart is the corporate owner, 
and Waldens has a large inventory of 
pornographic material. Even though 



your local K-Mart may not display it, 
they receive revenue from their af- 
filiate stores. 

Making Sunday Special has been 
recommended by the Worship Com- 
mission as well as by the WMS execu- 
tive committee as a reading circle 
book. This should be a must! Karen 
Mains refers to her childhood when 
Sunday morning was a disorganized 
and hectic rush. By the time her fami- 
ly arrived at church, Sunday was not a 
day of joy, peace, and worship! Karen 
has set out to change the world, begin- 
ning with herself and her family. 

Sunday is the Lord's day, when we 
enter into His presence. We should an- 
ticipate this just as we anticipate 
guests entering our homes. Prepara- 
tion is one important word, ranging 
from laying out Sunday clothes, offer- 
ings, and Bibles to food preparation. 
Karen enforces Saturday afternoon as 
the deadline for preparation, which al- 
lows Saturday evening for spiritual 
preparation — prayer, study, medita- 
tion. On Sunday, do the things you 
should do with God as your com- 
panion. 

Since Sunday is the peak of the 
week, begin to anticipate it on Wed- 
nesday and let the excitement grow 
until Sunday, then reflect and remem- 
ber until Wednesday, when the cycle 
resumes. 

Two other verbs for parents are 
teach and model . Unlike members of 
the Jewish faith, we don't wear the 



phylacteries on our foreheads, but we 
are to teach the Scriptures (remember, 
the teacher always learns niore!) and 
to model the Biblical truths. 

FOUR ACTIVE VERBS 

anticipate, remember, 

teach, model 

Our families will be the first to know 
when we are insincere, if we don't 
practice what we preach or walk our 
talk. 

This wasn't meant to be a book 
review! I appreciate Making Sunday 
Special and endorse the recommenda- 
tion. 

And when you enter to worship, 
remember you are in God's presence. 
Blot out thoughts and conversations 
which interfere with your worshipping 
Him. He is waiting for you. 

At General Conference last year. 
Pastor James Koontz said "The con- 
gregation is the choir, and God is the 
audience. We are singing to Him!" And 
another wise man said, "True worship 
doesn't originate with the need of man, 
but with the worthiness of God." Let's 
keep ourselves out of the way and 
honor Him on His special day. 

Your friend, 



/---r. 



Woman's Outlook Newsletter 



Defining our Priorities 




Goal 4 — Assimilation of New 
Members: Conduct a class for 
new anchor prospective members. 

The Brethren Church has been 
described as a "believer's church." 
Brethren have beUeved from our found- 
ing in 1708 that baptism and church 
membership are appropriate only for 
people who have professed faith in 
Jesus Christ as saving Lord. To be an 
authentic follower of Jesus Christ and a 
responsible member of His church 
requires some knowledge about dis- 
cipleship ("counting the cost") and 
about church membership commitments 
before a responsible decision can be 
made. 

Unfortunately, our belief and our 
practice in this have varied. Many in- 
dividuals have accepted salvation and 
redemption through Christ with little or 
no understanding of His Lordship. And 
many have also become church mem- 
bers without an adequate understanding 
of the doctrines of the church or the re- 
quirements of church membership. 

A regularly offered class for new and 
prospective members can go a long way 
toward putting our practice in line with 
our belief. 

A variety of names 

Such classes are offered under a 
variety of names — pastor's class, new 
members' class, membership class. 
Often we have offered such classes for 
children and youth but have been 
negligent in offering similar classes for 
adults. 

The title I used as a pastor for such 
adult classes was "Welcome Class." The 
class was designed for two groups of 
people: (1) those who were not mem- 
bers of the church and who wanted to 
learn more about it so they could make 
a clear and meaningful decision about 
joining or not joining; and (2) those who 

March 1991 



The Welcome Class 



Third in a series of articles highlighting the goals for 
local churches recommended by General Conference. 

By Ronald W. Waters, Director of Brethren Church Ministries 



were already members and who had not 
had the benefit of such a class recently. 

Purposes of the class 

The Welcome Class can fulfill several 
purposes: 

1. Outreach to those who have been 
attending the church but who have not 
yet indicated a desire for membership, 
and to those who have not yet attended 
the church and/or have not indicated a 
profession of faith in Christ as saving 
Lord. Contacts could include friends 
or relatives of church members; in- 
dividuals to whom the church has 
recently ministered (through a wedding, 
funeral, financial assistance, counsel- 
ing); personal contacts of the pastor in 
the community; spouses or adult 
children of members; unchurched 
parents of children in the Sunday 
school, VBS, or youth program. 

At least one session should be 
devoted to presentation of God's plan of 
salvation, with a clear invitation to ac- 
cept Christ. (A helpful "IdeaSheet" on 
this subject is available from The 
Brethren Church, 524 College Ave., 
Ashland, OH 44805. Please enclose a 
stamped, self-addressed envelope.) 

2. Building responsible disciples. 
Some class sessions should be devoted 
to the "message of faith" (the great 
doctrines of the church, with special 
emphasis on Brethren interpretation of 
those beliefs; Brethren practice of the 
ordinances; the "life of faith") practic- 
ing the faith in daily living; under- 
standing of spiritual gifts; and at least a 
brief overview of Brethren history. 

3. Building responsible church 
members. Sessions might be devoted to 
membership commitment vows and 
what they mean; local church organiza- 
tion (perhaps the church moderator 
could assist with this session); and an 
explanation of ministry opportunities 
through the church. 



4. Building relationships. Church 
growth specialist Win Am has estimated 
that each new person in the church 
should have a minimum of seven new 
friends in the church within the first six 
months if that person is to become a 
participating member in the congrega- 
tion. The Welcome Class offers oppor- 
tunity for individuals to get to know one 
anotlier. In addition to class sessions, be 
sure to plan at least one potluck dinner 
for class members. Also, invite a small 
number of active church members to 
attend the class each week to foster 
relationships with existing members. 

A variety of times 

The Welcome Class may be held at a 
variety of times. A 13-week Sunday 
school class can be effective in helping 
prospective members develop the habit 
of Sunday school attendance. Sunday 
evenings and midweek classes allow 
greater time for class sessions and build- 
ing relationships. Meeting in a home 
could create a less formal and more 
comfortable atmosphere. 

The Brethren Church does not have 
one set plan for new member classes. 
Most pastors have developed their own 
plans over the years to meet the needs 
they have encountered. A session-by- 
session outline for a Welcome Class is 
available from The Brethren Church by 
sending a stamped, self-addressed en- 
velope. Drs. Dale Stoffer and Brenda 
Colijn of the Smoky Row Brethren 
Church are finalizing a course called 
"Following Him Gladly: A Brethren 
Course in Discipleship" that may be- 
come the basis for such a class (to be 
released by The Brethren Church in 
August). 

Whatever method is used, it is vital 
that we assimilate new and prospective 
members into the life and ministry of 
our churches. The Welcome Class is 
one way to begin the process. [t] 

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Brethren World Missions 



Brethren "Faith" Missions 




DAVID LIVINGSTONE said, 
"God had only one Son and made 
that Son a missionary." In a very real 
way, missions today follow the pattern 
set for us by that Son two thousand 
years ago. He was on a mission of 
redemption. He came to give His life 
as a ransom for the very ones He 
created (Jn. 1:1-3). And before He left 
to return to His Father, He said to His 
disciples, "As the Father has sent me, 
even so send I you" (Jn. 20:21). 

I believe we are all to be witnesses; 
we all are to be ready at all times to 
share our faith with others. The Apos- 
tle Peter wrote, "Always be prepared 
to give an answer to everyone who 
asks you to give the reason for the 
hope that you have" (I Pet. 3:15, Niv). 

Not all are missionaries 

But although every Christian is to be 
a witness, not every Christian is a mis- 
sionary (not in the professional sense 
of the word, at least). J. Herbert Kane 
writes in his Understanding Christian 
Missions, "Many are called but few 
chosen. Missionaries are made, not 
bom; and as in every worthwhile voca- 
tion the making process is long and 
difficult." 

March is World Missions month in 
The Brethren Church, and I want to 
use this missions emphasis time to say 
something quite positive about mis- 
sionaries and the Brethren mission 
program. But before I give "credits" to 
workers and fields, I want to remind 
you that our people are indeed "Faith 
Missionaries." 

Perhaps a defense is unnecessary, 
but on occasion I have had people ex- 
press surprise that our missionary per- 
sonnel were not "faith missionaries." 
By this they were referring to the fact 
that our missionaries do not have to 
generate (raise) their own support prior 
to going (or returning to) a field of 
service. It has long been the policy of 



By Rev. James R. Black, Executive Director 
Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 



the Missionary Board that in order not 
to risk delay and possible setback of 
work, salaries would be paid by the 
Board from denominational support 
paid to the Board. It is possible the 
missionary would be unable to raise 
enough support while home to carry 
him or her through one, two, or three 
years on the field, and the work might 
be lost or seriously curtailed. 

We certainly have no argument with 
others supported by a different means, 
and such programs may have distinct 
advantages. But we believe denomina- 
tional support through the Missionary 
Board is best for our purposes. 

Now does this mean that those we 
send are not "Faith Missionaries"? Not 
at all. They trust in the fact that God 
will supply their needs through His 
people as those people give "denomi- 
nationally." Further, they have faith in 
the assurance that others are praying 
for them and will encourage them at 
every opportunity. 

But beyond this, theirs is a faith 
which shows in that they have such a 
love for others outside of their own 
culture or circumstance that they leave 
family, friends, and the comforts of a 
familiar culture to "go." Perhaps more 
than most, these missionaries know the 
truth of Henry Twells' verse: 

O Savior Christ, our woes dispel; 
For some are sick and some are sad 
And some have never loved Thee 

well, 
And some have lost the love they had. 
And none, O Lord, have perfect rest. 
For none are wholly free from sin; 
And they who fain would serve Thee 

best. 
Are conscious most of wrong within. 

Scores of Brethren are now serving 
Christ through The Brethren Church. 
Many are workers in their own land, 
but others — our missionaries — are 
"employed" by the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church. 



This is our Honor Roll of mis- 
sionaries serving overseas: 
Mexico: 

Tom and Sally Saunders 

Colombia: 
David and Diane Kemer 
Tim and Jan Solomon 
Peru: 
Miguel and Sonia Antunez 
Paraguay: 
Juan and "Cookie" Anzulovich 
Argentina: 
Ray and Marilyn Aspinall 
Bill and Sharon Winter 
Allen Baer 
India: 
Prasanth and Nirmala Kumar 
Malaysia: 
David and Jenny Loi 
Coordinator Latin America 
Ministries: 
Juan Carlos Miranda 
Radio "Para Ti Mujer": 
Maria Miranda 
Leave of Absence: 
Ken and Carolyn Solomon 
Mark and Chantal Logan 
Candidates In Training: 
Tim and Jan Eagle 
Brethren, humans are not sinners be- 
cause they sin, but they sin because 
they are sinners. In writing on the 
parables recorded in Luke 15, J. Os- 
wald Sanders reminds the reader that 
the coin was helplessly lost; the sheep 
was heedlessly lost; (but) the son was 
willfully lost. Then he says, "Man has 
gone astray not like a bird but like a 
sheep (Isaiah 53:6). He has no homing 
instrument. Left to himself he will al- 
ways travel the downward road, far- 
ther and farther into the wilderness of 
sin (Luke 15:13)." 

Believing this, your missionaries 
have responded "yes" to the command 
of the Great Commission of our Lord 
(Matthew 28). We thank them. And 
we support them. And we will pray for 
them, our "Faith" Missionaries. [j] 



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The Brethren Evangeust 




Brethren World Missions 



Inches, Not Miles 



MISSIONARY WORK in Mexico 
can bring many different sen- 
sations at once. It can be challenging, 
arduous, funny, and a little frightening, 
among other things. A busy two days 
in February proved this to be true. 

Early on a Wednesday morning I set 
out for our church in Palo Solo, on the 
northwest edge of the Mexico City 
metropolitan area. I opted for the one- 
hour-and-20-minute trip by subway 
and bus in order to avoid the early 
morning traffic of over four million 
cars. I was going to see Pastor Moises 
Calderon to deliver copies of some 
legal papers he needed in regard to the 
church property in Palo Solo. 

When I arrived, Moises and his 
wife, Pati, greeted me cordially and we 
sat down to some coffee to discuss the 
real estate matters. We were soon in- 
terrupted, however, by a young girl in 
tears who informed us that her father 
had died in the government hospital 
that morning. Pastor Calderon and I 
dropped the legal matters and went 
with the girl to her family's house, 
which was a two-room concrete struc- 
ture with a corrugated fiberglass roof. 

The widow was comforted that we 
had come. She requested that we have 
the funeral that very night because 
most of the church would be gathered 
for the midweek service. Before we 
left, Pastor Calderon spoke with her 
about eternal life in Christ. 

On the way back to the church, 
Moises told me that the deceased man 
had made a decision for Christ only a 
few months earlier, and that the ma- 
jority of his family were unbelievers. 

An unusual problem 

Then another thought struck him. 
"You know," he said, "with the new 
construction, I don't think a coffin will 
fit through the doorway to the church 
building. We'll have to knock out a 
section of the old outer wall." 




Tom and Sally Saunders 

We borrowed a sledgehammer and 
knocked out a coffin-sized "notch" in 
the old outer wall. When we finished, 
it was nearing mid-afternoon, and I 
had to get back to the city center to 
take care of a few other things that 
day. I explained to Moises that my 
wife would be arriving home from a 
short visit with her family, and that I 
had a little housecleaning to do before 
she returned. I promised him that I 
would be back at the church a few 
hours before the funeral. 

"Funerals are sad, but in cases like 
this where most of the family are not 
believers, they are also opportunities 
for evangelism," he said as I left. 

When I returned home, I showered 
quickly, to be presentable for the fu- 
neral. Then remembering other tasks 
for the day, I forgot about houseclean- 
ing and left for the bank and the post 
office before returning to Palo Solo. 

I need not have rushed, for it was 
some time before the hearse arrived 
with the coffin. The sense of time in 
Mexico does not come from Europe, 
but from thousands of years of Native 
American culture, and arriving late is 
not necessarily considered bad. Still, I 
could not help but think of the old joke 



By Tom Saunders, 
Brethren Missionary to Mexico 

about someone being late for his own 
funeral. When the coffin finally ar- 
rived, the pastor and I became instant 
pallbearers, as there were not enough 
able-bodied men around to help out. 

When all of the family had arrived, 
we held a short funeral service. True 
to his word, Pastor Calderon preached 
a strongly evangelistic message. 

A different problem 

Following the funeral, the church 
board met to discuss what financial as- 
sistance the church could give to the 
widow. When they asked me to sit in 
on the meeting, I knew there must be 
some problem. "The problem is," the 
pastor began, "that the family doesn't 
have enough money to cover the burial 
charges, and they need a loan from 
us." He quoted a fairly large sum, and 
everyone began to look worried. 
Someone made the comment that the 
departed might have to stay in the 
church if we could not come up with 
the money, which brought more 
laughs than I would have expected 
(reminding me that grief is handled 
differently in Mexico). 

From speaking with the widow, 
however, it was learned that she 
needed only part of this sum for the 
cemetery. This amount was easily 
covered by the church's usual initial 
assistance to widows. 

At this point I looked at my watch 
and suddenly realized how late it had 
gotten. I jumped up, said quick good- 
byes, and headed for the airport to 
pick up Sally, my wife. I arrived at the 
airport a half-hour late! 

The following morning I returned to 
Palo Solo for the burial. My van was 
parked in, so I had to use the bus 
again. I arrived five minutes late (20 
minutes early by Mexican standards), 
and when I entered the church the cof- 
fin was gone. "Could they have left 
(continued on pai^e 15) 



March 1991 



13 



Brethren World Missions 



Malaysia: 1990 in Review 




Dear Beloved Brethren, 

Our love and greetings to you all in 
the wonderful name of our blessed 
Lord. On behalf of our family and the 
Brethren in Malaysia, we would like to 
express our deep appreciation to all of 
you for your faithful prayer support, 
generous giving, and many greeting 
cards and letters. 

It is really a pleasure to write and 
share the mission work here and to 
know that our Lord is using us for His 
glory. The following are some of the 
major events of 1990: 

On February 28, Penang church 
school had a picnic at the youth park. 
About 23 people attended. The pur- 
pose of the picnic was to get ac- 
quainted with new friends and to share 
the Good News with them. There were 
many other people at the park, so we 
were able to hand out gospel tracts to 
them and to invite them to the church 
meetings. 

Vacation Bible school 

During the second term school vaca- 
tions in May, Penang Mission had a 
four-day vacation Bible school at Ong 
Joo San. The theme was "Jesus Is 
Life." Praise the Lord, more than 40 
children and youth attended! Most of 
the children liked the Bible stories. 
Other activities included handcrafts, 
coloring, and games. Unfortunately, 
because of parents' objections, a few 
of the children dared not come to the 
church school. Nevertheless, we were 
able to plant the gospel seed in their 
hearts. Pray that one day they will 
come back to our Lord. 

Nowadays, more and more churches 
emphasize Mother's Day. It provides a 
good opportunity to invite the parents 
of the children to attend the Mother's 
Day church service. Last Mother's 
Day our church prepared a small token 
for every mother and a cake to cele- 
brate this occasion. In this way, we 



By David and Jenny Loi, 
Brethren Missionaries in Malaysia 



can come into contact with the adults 
and gradually challenge them to accept 
the gospel. 

The annual combined youth camp 
attended by ten churches from South- 
em Johor was held May 7-11 at the 
Bethany Christian Camp, Kota Tinggi. 
About 90 young people (ages 13-17) 
and 18 counselors, including the pas- 
tors, attended the camp. Three young 
people from our church school were 
among those who attended. About 30 
percent of the young people in attend- 
ance were non-Christians. Praise the 
Lord, 20 of them accepted Christ! 

The baptismal service was held on 
May 27. We were able to arrange the 
service at the Holy Word Church and 
were able to use their baptismal pool. 
Mr. Sam Chow and family were trans- 
ferred from the Holy Word Church in 
1988. Mr. Chow is working in Saudi 
Arabia, and he came back in April. We 
challenged him and his wife, Sim Su- 
Hua to be baptized. At the same time, 
we also encouraged three youths. Ling 
Shee, his brother. Ling Yee, and sister. 
Ling Pey-Pey, to accept baptism. They 
have been with us since 1985. 



Our special Christmas week was 
from December 22-25. We had a 
Christmas party for both the church 
school at Taman Selesa Jaya and the 
one at Jalan Larkin on December 22. It 
was the first Christmas party for the 
church school at Selesa Jaya. They en- 
joyed not only the food and gifts, but 
even more the Christmas carols and 
Christmas stories. 

Penang church school had a special 
celebration just a couple of weeks 
before Christmas. Satan tried to dis- 
turb this church school, especially the 
Junior Youth Class. There was an ar- 
gument between the girls and the 
houseowner's daughter. She teased the 
girls, saying that their purpose for 
coming to church was to look for 
boyfriends. As a result, the whole 
group of girls left the church. But 
praise the Lord, through prayers and 
much persuasion, just before 
Christmas not only the whole group of 
them came back to church, but they 
also brought a few friends with them! 

On Christmas Eve the caroling 
party, including the young violinists, 
visited the Christian homes at Taman 




The caroling party, including the young violinists. 



14 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Brethren World Missions 



Sentosa, Taman Johor Jaya, and Chris- 
tian and non-Christian homes at 
Taman Selesa Jaya. Seventy percent of 
the homes we visited at Selesa Jaya 
were non-Christians. Three families 
prepared the food at the church for the 
fellowship service that followed the 
caroling party. 

We celebrated Christ's birth the next 
day in Johor Baru with our annual 
Christmas celebration. About 40 peo- 
ple attended the service, including two 
new families. After the service, we had 
a carry-in dinner and gift exchange. 
Everyone enjoyed both the food and 
the fellowship. 

Finally, thank you again for your 
important part in the Brethren Mission 
work here. May God be glorified and 
His kingdom expanded by your con- 
tinued participation and support of the 
ministry in Malaysia. May you all be 
richly annointed with His blessings. 

Your partners in His ministry, 
David and JennyLoi 




Those who attended the Christmas celebration at Johor Baru. 



Inches, Not Miles 

(continued from page 13) 
without me?" I thought. Just then the 
pastor arrived. 

"We had trouble last night," he said. 
He went on to explain that the non- 
believing family members had decided 
to have a Mexican-style wake. After 
the other mourners had left, they had 
pulled out cigarettes and whiskey bot- 
tles. The pastor told them that this was 
not permitted there, and they accused 
him of "unchristian behavior" because 
he refused to let them drink in the 
church building. 

"Well," one of them had said, "if we 
can't mourn our father properly here, 
we'll just take him home." And that is 
what they did. 

"That's not the worst of it, Tom," 
Pastor Calderon continued. "They 
don't want me to do the graveside 
service. They want a priest to say a 
Mass, but I don't think they have the 
money to pay for one. For the sake of 
the widow, I'm going to go just in 
case. Will you come with me?" 

When I agreed, he told me how un- 
friendly the family had been to him 
that morning. They had refused even 
to say hello to him when he had ar- 



rived at the house. 

When one of the women from the 
church came to accompany us to the 
cemetery, we explained to her what 
had happened. "Well, then, we're not 
going to a burial, we're going to a 
war," she replied without cracking a 
smile. I began to wish that more than 
just the three of us from the church 
were going. 

Catholic and Protestant violence is 
very real in Mexico, but not common 
in Mexico City. These people, how- 
ever, were rural people who had come 
to the city recently, and they might not 
be so friendly and open-minded. Nev- 
ertheless, backing up the pastors is part 
of my job, I thought to myself, so I 
have to go. 

When we arrived at the cemetery, no 
priest was there and the cemetery 
manager was saying a few words over 
the grave. Pastor Calderon quietly 
asked the widow if she would like him 
to speak after the manager finished. 
She told him that her family would be 
hostile to this, and that it probably was 
not a good idea. 

As I looked at the gathering of about 
40 people, 15 of whom were quintes- 
sential Mexican macho men, I thought 
that maybe the pastor should hold off 



on the preaching. But he had a dif- 
ferent idea. 

He opened his Bible to the fourth 
chapter of James and began bravely 
and tactfully explaining to the crowd 
that we never know what will happen 
in life and that salvation through 
Christ is our only hope. As he shared, 
I prayed that the people would be 
open. Everyone listened. 

When he finished, no one respond- 
ed, but a change had come over the 
family members. They all shook our 
hands and thanked us for our concern. 
The people who would not even talk 
to the pastor that morning now saw his 
courage and sincerity. 

"You know, Tom," Moises began as 
we walked away from the cemetery, 
"this hasn't been easy, but now we 
have an opening with these people. 
I'm going to be visiting them this 
coming week to tell them more about 
salvation in Jesus Christ." 

Mexico is hard ground, and most of 
our successes are measured in inches, 
not in miles. Even so, experiences like 
those two days in February cause me 
to thank the Lord for these small steps 
forward, and for our workers like Pas- 
tor Calderon, who have the patience 
and faith to pursue them. [t] 



March 1991 



15 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Brethren Meet for Inspiration, Fellowship 
At Central District Davenport Conference 



Davenport, Iowa — Nearly 40 
Brethren from the Central District 
took part in a time of inspiration and 
fellowship at the annual Davenport 
Conference held February 8-9 at the 
Best Western Steeplegate Motel near 
the city of Davenport. 

The purpose of the Davenport Con- 
ference is to provide an inspirational 
time for district members in a relaxed 
atmosphere. No business is con- 
ducted at the conference; business is 
reserved for the annual district 
conference held in July. Participants 
enjoyed times of fellowship during 
the joint meals and after the Friday 
evening session. 

Speaker for the conference was 
Ronald W. Waters, Director of Breth- 



ren Church Ministries. Waters chose 
as his theme "Encounters with Jesus 
in the Gospel of John." His thesis for 
the sessions was twofold: (1) as people 
in need encounter believers, they en- 
counter the living Christ; and (2) as 
we encounter people in need, we en- 
counter the living Christ. 

Waters led participants in large 
group presentations and small group 
Bible studies. The Friday night ses- 
sion focused on encounters related to 
physical, mental, and emotional 
needs. The Saturday session ex- 
amined encounters related more 
directly to spiritual encounters with 
Christ. Conference attenders were 
challenged to look for people with 
needs in their families and com- 



Rev. James C. Koontz Installed as Pastor 
At Louisville, Ohio, First Brethren Church 



Louisville, Ohio — Rev. James C. 
Koontz and his wife, Cindy, were in- 
stalled during the January 6 morning 
worship service as pastor and pas- 
tor's wife of the Louisville First 
Brethren Church. 

Rev. John Byler, a retired Brethren 
pastor and member of the Louisville 
congregation, led the portion of the 
service during which the Koontzes 
were received into membership. Rev. 
Byler and Board of Administrators' 
Chairman Doug Shool welcomed the 
Koontzes into the congregation. 

Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff, who 
served as interim pastor of the Louis- 



ville congregation from March to 
November 1990, led the installation 
service. Pastor Koontz's father, 
mother, and two sisters from Bedford, 
Pa., were present for the occasion. 

Rev. Koontz is a 1981 graduate (M. 
Div. degree) of Ashland Theological 
Seminary. He served as associate 
pastor of the Sarasota, Fla., First 
Brethren Church from August 1981 
to March 1985 and pastored the Fort 
Scott, Kans., Brethren Church from 
April 1985 to November 1990. He and 
Cindy have one child, a daughter, 
Hannah (3l/^). 

— reported by Doug Shook 




Participating in the installation service for the Koontzes are (I. to r.) Rev. W. St. Clair 
Benshoff, Doug Shook, Rev. John Byler, and Cindy and Rev. James Koontz. 

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munities and to use these oppor- 
tunities as a means to help those in 
need encounter the living Christ. 

Rev. Tom Schiefer, pastor of the 
Lanark, 111., First Brethren Church 
and the 1990-91 Central District 
moderator, led the Saturday morning 
devotional time. Participants shared 
hynm.s that had been meaningful in 
their encounters with Christ, and 
Schiefer led the group in singing 
several of these hymns. 

Lawrence Canterbury Honored 
For 34 Years Perfect Attendance 

Oak Hill, W. Va. — Lawrence P. 
Canterbury was awarded a certificate 
by the Oak Hill First Brethren 
Church recently for 34 years of per- 
fect attend- 
ance at Sun- 
day school. 

In addition 
to his regular 
attendance, 
Canterbury is 
also faithful to 
the Oak Hill 
Church in 
other matters, 
such as usher- 
ing, passing ^ , u 
out church i^^rence Canterbury 

bulletins, ringing the church bell, and 
performing many other helpful acts. 

A picture of Canterbury and a brief 
article about his award was printed 
in the Oak Hill local newspaper. 

— reported by R. Rogusky 

Genealogists Seeking Members 

Do you have Brethren ancestors 
about whom you would like to know 
more? Would you like to be able to 
receive and pass on information 
about your Brethren forebears? 

If so, you will be interested to know 
that a group of like-minded Brethren 
exists known as the Fellowship of 
Brethren Genealogists. 

This Fellowship, organized in 1966 
to serve those interested in genealogi- 
cal study of Brethren families, is com- 
posed of about 500 members from at 
least three Brethren groups. It pub- 
lishes a quarterly newsletter. 

If you are interested in joining the 
Fellowship of Brethren Genealogists, 
write to Gwendolyn Bobb, 518 Miller 
Dr., Elgin, IL 60120. Members pay an 
annual fee of $8.00 to cover the cost of 
publications and other expenses. 

The Brethren Evangelist 





Little Crusader 

Jesus said, '*Let the children come to tne, and do not hinder 
/ \ them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven'* (Matt. 19:14). 

ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING 

Did you ever wonder whether the other things that God has created praise 
Him as we do? Do God's other creatures and the rest of creation "know" they 
belong to Him? Can flowers praise God? Do animals praise the Lord? Can mountains 
and seas praise God? 

Many people act as though they can treat anything on God's earth anyway they want 
to treat it. They want to mold God's earth. They want to shape it and get what they can 
from It. But the earth and the things that live on the earth are not ours! They do not belong 
to us. They belong to God. We are only caretakers of this earth and its creatures. 

How sad it must make God to see us pollute the beautiful blue skies and waters He 
created; to see animals mistreated and killed just for their horns or their skins! How sad 
He must be to see the earth's good soil full of junk, poisonous chemicals, and covered 
over with miles and miles of concrete! 

We need to help people remember that these things do not belong to us! We need 
to remind them that these things need to be treated with care and concern. Anyone can 
help people remember these things. It's an important job. 

When people litter, you can remind them that this is God's earth. When people waste, 
you can remind them that they are wasting the things God has made. When people say, 
"Oh, recycling things is just too much trouble," you can remind them that we need to use 
wisely the things that God has made. Helping people remember can make a BIG 
difference. 

Some very good prayers of praise and thanksgiving to help us remember God's 
ownership of the earth can be found in Psalm 50, Psalm 96, Psalm 98, and Psalm 148. 
Ask everyone in your family to read them together. These prayers just make our voices 
want to shout praises to the Lord in chorus! 



Matching the Praisers to Their Praise 

Read each scripture passage listed below. Then draw a line from the scripture 
reference to the part of God's creation it describes. You may also color the picture. 



1. Psalm 93:3-4 

2. Psalm 148:3-6 

3. Numbers 22:21-33 

4. Psalm 19:1-4 

5. Luke 19:37-40 

6. Matthew 6:28-30 

7. Isaiah 55:12 



the heavens 

mountains 

the stones 

wildflowers 

a donkey 

sun, moon, and stars 

seas and oceans 




March 1991 



17 



UPDATE 



W.M.S. at Louisville Brethren Bible Church 
Makes Candy to Earn Money for Missions 



Louisville, Ohio — The Woman's 
Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Bible Church of Lx)uisville made 265 
pounds of candy during December to 
raise money for missions. 

Approximately a dozen women, 
aided by three husbands and two 
young people, worked two Saturdays 
and one Wednesday making hard- 




tack, peanut brittle, and assorted 
dipped chocolates. 

The women made a profit of $758.72 
on the candy. One hundred dollars of 
this will go to the renewed Home Mis- 
sion work at Medina, Ohio, with the 
rest to be designated for various mis- 
sion projects as the year goes by. 

— reported by Pastor Dave Benshoff 



Candy-makers 
(clockwise from 
I.) are Mary 
Saam (back 
turned), Carol 
Klever, National 
W.M.S. Presi- 
dent Dee Ben- 
shoff, Penny 
Knouff, Elaine 
Kerstetter, 
Audrey Mc- 
A lister, Karen 
Moran, and 
Edith McAUster. 



Brethren Participate in Funeral 
For Aborted Baby in New Jersey 

Levittown, Pa. — Rev. C. William 
Cole, pastor of the Fairless Hills- 
Levittown, Pa., Brethren Church, 
and his wife, Joanne, were two of 
about 50 people who participated in a 
funeral service late last year for one 
of approximately 200 aborted babies 
allegedly found in a dumpster outside 
an Atlantic City women's clinic. 

The funeral was held at the Colum- 
bus, New Jersey, farm of Mr. and Mrs. 
Chuck Matson, and the baby was 
buried in the lawn next to their house. 
Mrs. Matson is a member of the Fair- 
less Hills-Levittown Church. 

Organizers of the funeral said that 
the fetus, which they estimated to be 
between four and six months old, rep- 
resents a generation of children lost 
to abortion and that its burial would 
help women who have undergone an 
abortion learn to grieve. 

Two abortion-rights advocates ar- 
rived shortly before the funeral and 
argued with the organizers of the 
event, questioning both the propriety 
and the (continued on next page) 







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UPDATE 



From 
The 




Grape 
Vine 



The First Brethren Church of Tucson, 
Ariz., will celebrate its 40th anniversary on 
March 10. Members and friends of the con- 
gregation who have moved away are invited 
to attend the celebration or to send letters of 
greetings to the church. 

The Jefferson Brethren Church near 
Goshen, Ind., will dedicate its new educa- 
tional facility on Sunday, April 21. The 
morning worship service will begin at 9:30 
followed by the dedication service at 10:45. 
A carry-in dinner will be followed by an 
open house from 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

A welcome program for Joseph H. 
Shultz, the new associate pastor of the St. 
James Brethren Church, was held Sunday 
evening, January 20, by the St. James con- 
gregation. The new associate pastor was 
"showered" with gift certificates and 
household items to help him set up house- 
keeping. Shultz is a 1990 graduate of Ash- 
land Theological Seminary. 

Larry and Lee Bair and Dennis and 
Ann VanDuyne were ordained deacons 
and deaconesses at the Warsaw, Ind., First 
Brethren Church on Sunday, December 9. 
Dr. Jack Oxenrider spoke at the service. 

(continued from previous page) 
legality of the ceremony. One of the two 
women said that she doubted that the fetus 
was found in a dumpster, claiming instead 
that she suspected it actually came from a 
miscarriage or a self-induced abortion or 
was stolen from a medical lab. 

The fetus was buried in a grave marked 
by a simple white cross on which were the 
words, "Rejected by Man." The ceremony 
featured hymns, prayers, and public confes- 
sion by women who had had abortions and 
by men whose wives had had abortions. 

Organizers of this funeral said that some 
of the other nearly 200 fetuses found in the 
dumpster would be buried in a wave of 
funerals in other cities in the area during the 
months to follow. 

Rev. Cole notes that Mr. Matson (one of 
the funeral sponsors) was once an atheist 
whom no one thought would ever become 
a Christian. But in 1 984 he came to the Lord 
while by himself at his home in New Jersey, 
and now he is an active anti-abortionist. 

March 1991 



The names of three participants — 
Zachary, Andy, and Danny Williams — 
were omitted in the report of the Corinth 
Junior Youth Dinner Theater that was the 
basis of the article that appeared on page 22 
of the February Evangelist. 

The Willing Workers Class of the Oak 
Hill, W. Va., First Brethren Church held a 
"July in December" picnic on December 
15, with class members Mike Pomeroy and 
David Bowling dressed in summer attire 
grilling hamburgers and hot dogs outside on 
a gas grill. The class so enjoyed the event 
that they plan a "December in July" meeting 
complete with Christmas decorations, gift 
exchange, and turkey and dressing. 

Helen Gasset Garber, a member of the 
Cheyenne, Wyo., Brethren Church, cele- 
brated her 103rd birthday on February 13. 
Mrs. Garber and her husband, Frank, helped 
found the Cheyenne Church. 

Shanthi Kumar, the oldest daughter of 
Brethren missionaries Rev. and Mrs. K. 
Prasanth Kumar, was married to Mr. Vin- 




.f 




Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Edwin 

cent Edwin on November 12, 1990, in 
Rajahmundry, India. Shanthi will complete 
an M.A. degree in English in March, and 
Vincent is a mechanical engineer. Shanthi 
was bom in Samaritan Hospital in Ashland, 
Ohio, while her parents attended Ashland 
Theological Seminary. She and her hus- 
band are considering coming to Ashland to 
study at ATS. 



In Memory 

Josephine A. Arnott, 83, February 10. Former 
member of the Nappanee First Brethren Church. 
Service by Rev. H. Francis Berkshire in Mesa, 
Ariz. 

Helen M. Jordan, 94, February 10. Member 
since 1911 of the Waterloo First Brethren Church 
and prior to that of the Hudson (la.) First Brethren 
Church. At Waterloo she was active in the 
W.M.S., was Sunday school superintendent for 
several years, and served in many other ways. 
She was also financial secretary of the National 
Woman's Missionary Society for several years. 
Services by Pastor Ronald L. Waters. 
James Mackall, 77, February 6. Member for 
many years of the Vinco Brethren Church, where 
he served as Sunday school superintendent, choir 
director, secretary of the Laymen's Organization, 
and song leader 
for the evening 
services. He 
was active in the 
Pennsylvania 
District, where 
over the years 
he served as 
president and 
secretary of the 
Laymen's Or- 
™«_«. ganization, con- 

L^ ^^Id, ference song 

^^^fc^nsiii, * leader, and mis- 

^^■i'^m^'i' sion board 

member. At the denomination level he was a 
regular attender at General Conference, served as 
Conference song leader on occasion, was a strong 
suppcuter of the National Laymen's Organiza- 
tion (now Brethren Men of Mission), and served 
for a time on the Ashland University Board of 
Trustees and the Benevolent Board of the Breth- 
ren Church. Services by Pastor Carl Phillips. 
Elsie Ressler, 88, February 6. Member of the 
Vinco Brethren Church. Services by Pastor Car! 
Phillips. 




Helen Pontius, February 3. Former member of 
the Dutchtown Brethren Church, where her hus- 
band. Elder George Pontius, served as pastor for 
more than 20 years. Services at Elkhart, Ind. 
Harold Holsopple, 75, February 1 . Member of 
the Vinco Brethren Church. Services by Pastor 
Cari Phillips. 

Mrs. Hattie Prisser, 93, February 1. Member, 
deaconess and Sunday school teacher for many 
years at the Brethren Church in New Lebanon 
and member for the latter years of her life at the 
Ashland Garber Brethren Church. Funeral serv- 
ice by Garber Pastor Ralph Gibson; graveside 
service by New Lebanon Pastor James F. Black. 
Grace M. Duker, 93, December 16. Member for 
59 years of the South Bend First Brethren 
Church. Mrs. Duker was the widow of Brethren 
Elder Edgar A. Duker, who pastored several 
Brethren congregations in Indiana prior to his 
death in 1971. Memorial service by Pastor Larry 
R. Baker. 

Weddings 

Carlene Finster to Mark Harmon, February 
16, in Peru, Ind. Pastor Rod Finster (brother of 
the bride) and Pastor Ron Bowland officiating. 
Groom a member of the Loree Brethren Church. 
Joanne Lee Demi to Charles Thomas Colder, 
Novemt)er 9, at the Fairless Hilis-Levittown 
Brethren Church. Pastor C. William Cole of- 
ficiating. 

Goidenaires 

Earl and Bernice Oyler, 50th, February 8. 
Members of Burlington First Brethren Church. 
Albert and Alice Tharp, 50lh, January 8. Mem- 
bers of the Cheyenne Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Sarver: 3 by baptism 

Milford: 3 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

Nappanee: 1 by baptism, 8 by transfer 

Pleasant View: 3 by baptism, 2 by trar\sfcr 

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Developing a Global Vision 




Finding the Faces 
Behind the HeadUnes 



Do YOU ever read the tabloid 
headlines while waiting in the 
check-out line at the supermarket? 
Against my better judgment, I did 
last week. 

Take a look at these front-page 
grabbers from one pulpy publica- 
tion: 

• Space aliens steal baby 

• Elvis fan hasn't spoken since the 
King died in 1977 

• Third grader expelled for grow- 
ing a beard 

• Wacko kills man with basketball 
The headlines sounded more 

humorous (unless you happened to 
be the one clobbered by that dead- 
ly basketball!) than fact-filled. But 
perhaps some entertainment- 
hungry people and a few zealots 
boasting of "confirmed" Elvis sight- 
ings bought the paper. 

Headlines designed to snare 

More serious magazines and 
newspapers also carry headlines 
and content designed to snare the 
eyes and dollars of readers. For- 
tunately, these publications aren't 
as sensational. But particularly 
with respect to international news, 
the print and broadcast media do 
tend to report on the dramatic or 
the catastrophic. 

That's understandable, because 
we North Americans aren't known 
for having an innate interest in 
world affairs. It takes some pretty 
strong news — a war, for instance 
— to draw our attention to a 
foreign-news eirticle or broadcast. 



For example, how many of us 
really cared about Iraq or Kuwait 
before the Persian Gulf war? How 
many of us could have located 
either country on a world map? 

Negative impressions 

Unfortunately, when the news 
media focus on dramatic events 
and aspects of a foreign country, 
we tend to form negative stereo- 
types of that nation and its citi- 
zens. 

What pops into our minds when 
we hear Colombia? Probably the 
murderous drug traffickers. 

Bangladesh? Starving children. 

El Salvador? Violent guerrillas. 

Iraq? Bloodthirsty Saddam Hus- 
sein. 

A Peruvian friend with a Mas- 
ter's degree in industrial engineer- 
ing recently visited the United 
States. A little disgusted, he told 
me, "Everyone in the United 
States thinks that people from 
South America are poor peasants." 

We probably wouldn't like it 
either if, for instance, the interna- 
tional news media made it sound 
as if every U.S. citizen were a 
Miami drug dealer or a thirty- 
something materialist. 

Caution for missions 

Even missions journalists (like 
me) must be csireful to avoid sen- 
sationalism and sweeping stereo- 
types. 

Churches and missions agencies 
want to raise awareness of the real 



spiritual and physical needs over- 
seas, and they seek donors and 
prayer supporters who will help in 
meeting those needs. There's a fine 
line, however, between "raising 
awareness" about a people's needs 
and "using" them in the process. 

After seeing one too many relief- 
agency pictures of children with 
bloated stomachs, one Christian 
journalist complained about "the 
pornography of poverty." 

I have written extensively about 
the poverty and violence in Latin 
America — very real problems. 
But I sometimes ask myself, "Have 
I also communicated the cultural 
richness, spiritual depth, and in- 
credible warmth of the Latin 
people?" 

Sure, Latin America has its 
cocaine-snorting, Uzi-toting 
crooks. But it also has dear Chris- 
tian people with a witness who can 
greatly benefit fellow believers 
here in the U.S. 

A question of balance 

It's not my purpose in this 
colvmin to dissect U.S. news cov- 
erage. And I'm certainly not saying 
the news media shouldn't report 
the bad or negative news. 

But I would ask that we Chris- 
tians make a greater effort to find 
the faces behind the headlines. 
That is, let's not be content with 
stereotypes of other nations or 
people, but rather let us try to un- 
derstand them. Of course, that 
takes a little effort. 

When reading about the prob- 
lems or evils of some foreign na- 
tion, let's remember that living in 
that nation are people who, aside 
from cultural and language dif- 
ferences, have needs and interests 
very much like our own. 

Different cultures and languages 
make the world interesting. But. 
really there are only two kinds of 
people in this world: those who 
know Christ and those who don't. 

To evangelize the world, we 
Christians from many nations will 
need to understand each other and 
work together. 

And to effectively share Christ 
with people who do not know Him, 
we will need to understand and get 
to know them. In other words, the 
stereotypes (and supermarket 
tabloids!) just won't help. [j] 

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April 1991 
Volume 113, Number 4 



The Brethren Evangelist 

(ISSN 0747-4288) 

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Features 

We Can Make a Difference by G. Emery Hurd 4 

Writing letters to sponsors of TV programs and members of Congress 

and protesting to local merchants can bring about positive change. 

Alleviating World Hunger Takes More Than Money 5 

Bread for the World announces an Offering of Letters Campaign to 

help bring about an end to hunger in the Horn of Africa. 

Victory in Sight by Loma G. Davies 7 

Keeping our eyes on Jesus and His certain victory can renew our hope 

when we become discouraged because of the evil in our world. 

Pastors' Health Insurance: A Time for Decision 8 

by Ronald W. Waters. 

A straightforward look at the future of the Brethren pastors' group 

health insurance plan. 

Showing Faith's Power by James Sluss 11 

The third of several articles on the 1991 General Conference theme, 

written by the Moderator. 



Ministry Pages 

Brethren World Relief in Action 

by Prasanth and Nirmala Kumar 

A World of Need . . . and World Relief is There! 

World Relief Statistics by Ronald W. Waters 



World Relief 
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16 
17 



Cartoon 
Update 
Children's Page 

fey Erica Weidenhamer 
From the Grape Vine 



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21 

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Departments 

Developing a Global Vision 2 

fey John Maust 

Defining Our Priorities 11 

fey Ronald W. Waters 

In Word and Deed 12 

fey the Evangelism and 
Church Growth Commission 

In this issue: 

Much of this issue focuses on what we as Brethren Christians can do about the 
many problems and needs in our world, particularly world hunger. Emery Kurd's 
article on page 4 begins by assuring us that ovir efforts do bring results. Then the 
Bread for the World article on pages 5 and 6 suggests specific action we can take 
now to help alleviate hunger in Africa. Loma Davies' article reminds us that in 
our struggle with evil, we can be assured of ultimate victory. And, finally, the 
World Relief Ministry pages report on what we have already accomplished and 
challenge us to further action. 

Answers to Little Crusader Page: 

Facing Our Feelings: These faces are 1. Sad; 2. Siu^^rised (or Praising or 
Singing); 3. Happy; 4. Angry (perhaps you said Mad). If your answers are dif- 
ferent from these, that's okay also. Did you think about a time when you felt the 
way each face shows? Did you remember that Jesus understands your feelings? 



Boycott Brand X! Write Your Congresaman! Stop Abortion Now! 




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By G. Emery Hurd 

ONT BUY Brand X deter- 
gent!" . . . "Boycott LotsaOil 
gas stations!" . . . "Write the chair- 
man of the Who-R-U Company!" 

Sound familiar? During the past 
few years, Christians have re- 
ceived an increasing number of 
appeals to participate in merchant- 
oriented protests about everjdhing 
from abortion to X-rated movies. 
National organizations inform us 
about which company is sponsor- 
ing what program, which members 
of congress are sponsoring what 
bills, and which store is selling 
what offensive product. 

These organizations then send 
postcards for people to sign and 
mail, provide addresses that peo- 
ple can write to, and organize boy- 
cotts for consumers to support. In 
fact, on the following two pages 
and on page 13 of this issue of the 
Evangelist, you will find several 
suggests for this kind of activity. 

But perhaps you are asking a 
very important and relevant ques- 
tion — namely, "Why bother?" 

A biblical obligation 

In Matthew 25:31-46 we find the 
familiar story Jesus told about the 
sheep and the goats. In this story 
Jesus speaks about our call to 
service in our world. To both the 
sheep who served and the goats 
who did not, the message is the 
same: "I tell you the truth, what- 
ever you did for one of the least of 
these brothers of mine, you did for 
me" (v. 40, NlV). 

Rev. Hurd is pastor of the Cheyenne, 
Wye, Brethren Church and chairs the 
Social Responsibilities Commission of 
The Brethren Church. 



We have a biblical obligation to 
protect those around us; to be con- 
cerned about their needs; to speak 
out when we see injustice. Believ- 
ing that something is morally 
wrong is only the beginning of our 
responsibility. We must act. 

Sins of omission 

As Christians, we seem to be 
most concerned about what we 
shouldn't do — the sins of commis- 
sion. We spend little time repent- 
ing for the good we choose not to 
do — the sins of omission. But 
James 4:17 leaves little room for 
misunderstanding: "Anyone, then, 
who knows the good he ought to do 
and doesn't do it, sins" (NFV). Part 
of the "good" we leave undone is 
demonstrating ovir support for bib- 
lical morality in our society with 
our pens and our wallets. 

America has a free market 
economy. This means that mer- 
chants sell whatever consumers 
will buy at whatever price those 
consumers are willing to pay. 

The reason that cars do not have 
blue tires is that consumers are 
not willing to buy them at the 
price merchants would charge. (I 
hope I'm not starting a fad!) The 
reason that many cars now have 
air conditioners is that consumers 
are willing to pay extra in order to 
enjoy greater comfort on hot days. 
And the reason that pornographic 
magazines in a gas station in 
Cheyenne were displayed at a level 
that even a three-year-old child 
could see them was because some 
people buy those magazines and 
because most other patrons of that 
store didn't care whether or not 
they were accessible to children. 

But as believers we should care. 
And we should communicate our 



concern in every possible way — 
by sending cards and letters, by 
our votes, and by our pvirchases. 

God calls us to do more than get 
angry or become outraged. He calls 
us to act in caring, responsible 
ways. He calls us to communicate 
that we are children of the King 
and He expects us to protect the 
biblical values we hold so dear. 

It is members of congress whom 
we support with our votes and con- 
tributions who decide the abortion 
issue. It is merchants from whom 
we buy who may be supplying por- 
nography to our children. It is 
companies whose commercials we 
watch on television that sponsor 
programming that insults decency 
and biblical morality. That is why 
Christians need to be informed 
about what is happening in their 
stores, in their courts and state 
houses, and on their televisions. 

What we can do 

I don't sign every protest post- 
card I receive in the mail. And I 
haven't thrown my television out 
the window. But I do try to honor 
those merchants, products, and 
programs that honor Christian 
values. I speak with a merchant 
when I see a product or a program 
that I find offensive. Sometimes I 
choose not to spend my money at a 
store that offers or supports offen- 
sive material. I also listen care- 
fully to what the candidates are 
saying about moral issues, and I 
make it a point to exercise my 
privilege to vote. 

Does it make a difference? 
Remember that store I mentioned 
earlier — the one that had adult 
magazines at child's-eye level? I 
checked back later. The magazines 
had been moved. [j] 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Alleviating World Hunger Takes 




More Than Money 

Bread for the World announces 

an Offering of Letters Campaign 

to help bring about an end 

to hunger in the Horn of 

Africa. 



SIXTEEN MIL- 
LION PEOPLE 
are at risk of starva- 
tion in the Horn of 
Africa. Sixteen mil- 
lion. That's sixteen 
times the number of 
people killed by the 
Ethiopian famine in 
1984. 

After all the relief 
aid sent to the 
region through de- 
nominational agen- 
cies such as Brethren World Relief, 
why does this continue to happen? 

W£Lr is the answer to that ques- 
tion. Though drought is a contrib- 
uting factor, war and militariza- 
tion are the primary causes of 
hunger in the countries of Sudan, 
Somalia, and Ethiopia. In each 
country, military conflicts drain 
monetary resources, disrupt devel- 
opment projects, and displace 
people from their land, leaving 
them unable to produce and 
market their own food. Military 
regimes also stifle people's efforts 
toward democratic change and 
self-sufficiency. 

Reasons for the conflicts 

In the Horn of Africa, the gov- 
ernments have committed gross 
human rights violations and set 
policies that benefit select ethnic 
groups and neglect others. In re- 

Bread for the World is a Christian 
citizens' movement in the USA which 
lobbies Congress on legislation that af- 
fects poor and hungry people in our 
country and around the world. It is not 
a relief agency and does not collect 
money or give out funds. 

April 1991 



action, opposition 
groups have formed 
in each country to 
challenge the govern- 
ments in power. 

As a result, civil 
wars are being 
fought in each 
country, leaving mil- 
lions of people in 
hunger and poverty. 
In Ethiopia, five mil- 
lion people are faced 
with famine, and another million 
have been forced to flee to refugee 
camps in neighboring countries. In 
Sudan, 11 million people are af- 
fected by war and famine, while 
over one million are affected in 
Somalia. 

Former President Jimmy Carter 
recently summarized the 
situation: "More people 
perished as a result of 
the conflict in the Horn 
of Africa than all other 
wars [in 1989] combined. 
Perhaps a quarter of a 
million people died; 
some directly from bul- 
lets, bombs, mines and 
shells. But the tragedy 
of it is many more died 
from starvation and dis- 
ease, the indirect result 
of war." 

Unfortunately, foreign 
aid by the United States 
and the Soviet Union 
has often fueled military 
conflicts and per- 
petuated suffering. The 
governments have used 
some of this aid to buy 
weapons, build runways, 



and equip their army, while ignor- 
ing the needs of their people. 

Ethiopia, the second poorest 
country in the world with a per 
capita GNP of $120, spends over 
60 percent of its national budget 
on defense. The Sudanese govern- 
ment spends $1 million a day to 
fuel its civil war. In the last 10 
years, the three governments com- 
bined have spent a total of $6 bil- 
lion on military expenditures. 

A double tragedy 

It is tragic that the money spent 
to fight the civil wars is not being 
spent to fight hunger. It is even 
more tragic that these wars make 
it difficult to deliver food to hungnry 
people. Frequently, Horn govern- 
ments and opposition forces have 
used food as a weapon, refusing to 



Brethren people have done very well at fighting 
hunger through contributions to World Relief {as 
reported on page 17 of this issue). But the prob- 
lem of hunger in our world is so great that we 
need to do more than give money. We need to get 
involved in other ways as well. 

One important way of getting involved is by urg- 
ing our government to inact policies and take ac- 
tions that get at the root causes of hunger. 

The United States government has shown by 
our war with Iraq that it is willing to get involved in 
international crises. Billions of dollars were spent 
delivering thousands of tons of bombs, missiles, 
and shells on Iraq in order to force that nation's 
army out of Kuwait (a country with a population of 
appproximately two million). 

Bread for the World's Offering of Letters Cam- 
paign urges the U.S. government to show that 
same kind of resolve and effort In dealing with the 
situation In the Horn of Africa — not by going to 
war but by seeking peaceful solutions to the con- 
flicts in this region, and not by sending anms but 
by delivering food aid to the millions of people who 
face starvation. 



''Offerings of Letters at churches across the nation can help build a 
secure, peaceful, adequately fed world. Each letter supports the end 
of the deadly cycle of war and hunger. ** 



let humanitarian aid pass into 
enemy-held areas, leaving civili£ins 
in those areas to stcirve. 

Last year, for example, the 
Ethiopian government bombed the 
Eritrean rebel-held port of Mas- 
sawa, preventing relief workers 
from moving in food and supplies 
to civilians in the area. Presently, 
in the port of Bor in Southern 
Sudan, a lifesaving food barge 
called the "Red Cross Two" sits 
filled with food and medical sup- 
plies. To reach half a million 
civilians struck by drought and 
disease, the barge must pass 
through £ireas in the south held by 
rebels in Sudan's bloody civil war. 
The government of Sudan, located 
in the northern capital city Khar- 
toum, fears the barge will be cap- 
tured by rebel soldiers and used to 
transport weapons. It will not al- 
low the Red Cross Two to proceed 
with relief efforts in opposition- 
held areas. 

The Horn of Africa 
Recovery Act 

Bread for the World, the Chris- 
tian citizens' movement which lob- 
bies Congress on legislation that 
affects poor and hungry people, is 
encouraging all members of The 
Brethren Church to be part of the 
solution to ending war and hunger 
in the Horn. 

Bread for the World is support- 
ing legislation in Congress entitled 
The Horn of Africa Recovery Act, 
which seeks to address short- and 
long-term hunger and develop- 
ment needs in Ethiopia, Sudan, 
and Somalia. The legislation asks 
the United States to do three 
things: (1) provide immediate food 
aid to people in all areas of the 
Horn; (2) support and increase aid 
to local grassroots organizations 
and projects; and (3) seek peaceful 
solutions to the conflicts. 

Emergency food aid is needed for 
people in government- and rebel- 
held areas. When aid is channeled 
through Horn governments, it 
often reaches civilians only in 
government-held territories, while 

6 




Like this boy, who brings water to his 
family, the people of the Horn of Africa hold 
the solutions to drought and famine. Unfor- 
tunately, war and military conflict have dis- 
rupted their efforts, leaving 16 million 
people at risk ofstan'ation and displacement 
from their homes. Bread for the World's Of- 
fering of Letters campaign hopes to change 
this situation. Photo: WFP/FAO 

the majority of people affected live 
in rebel-held areas. The Horn of 
Africa Recovery Act calls for the 
U.S. to effectively provide emer- 
gency aid to both government- and 
rebel-held areas, using all avail- 
able channels, including delivering 
food across the borders of neigh- 
boring countries. 

Development projects that are 
run by people at the grassroots 
level provide a much more effec- 
tive alternative to government 
relief agencies. Sudanaid, the 
Sudan Council of Churches and 
the New Sudan Council of Church- 
es, the Eritrean Relief Association, 
and the Somali Relief and 
Rehabilitation Association are or- 
ganizations active in both govern- 
ment- and rebel-held areas, and 
carry out relief and development 
activities with the participation of 
local chiefs, leaders, farmers, and 
churches. Empowering people to 
participate in all stages of the 



development process through their 
local groups is essential to long- 
term peace and development in the 
region. The Horn of Africa 
Recovery Act requires the U.S. to 
increase aid to grassroots, non- 
governmental organizations. 

Peaceful resolution to conflict is 
needed if hunger is ever to end in 
the region. The Horn of Africa 
Recovery Act requires the U.S. to 
mobilize international pressure, 
such as an international arms 
embargo, on the Horn nations to 
bring about an end to the fighting. 

What Brethren 
Churches Can Do 

While the situation in the Horn 
is both tragic and complex, there 
are effective ways you can help. By 
encouraging your church to hold 
an Offering of Letters in support of 
the Horn of Africa Recovery Act, 
Brethren have the means to help 
alleviate hunger, encourage sus- 
tainable development, and pro- 
mote peaceful resolution to conflict 
in the Horn. 

In an Offering of Letters, letters 
to help hungry people rather than 
dollars are gathered during a wor- 
ship service. The letters are writ- 
ten to your members of Congress 
urging them to cosponsor and ac- 
tively support the Horn of Africa 
Recovery Act. The letters are then 
collected and offered before God as 
a gift of your citizenship. 

Offerings of Letters at churches 
across the nation can help build a 
secure, peaceful, adequately fed 
world. Each letter supports the 
end of the deadly cycle of war and 
hunger. To help your church take 
this important step, write Bread 
for the World, Attn: Katherine 
Smith, 802 Rhode Island Avenue 
NE, Washington, DC 20018; or call 
(202) 269-0200 and order an Offer- 
ing of Letters Kit for $5.00 plus 
$2.00 postage and handling. [f] 

Editor's note: Even if your church does not 
choose to take on Offering of Letters, you 
can support this effort personally by writing 
to your members of Congress urging them to 
support the Horn of Africa Recovery Act. 

The Brethren Evangelist 




PICK UP your daily newspaper 
and read the front page. If it is 
from a t3rpical large metropolitan 
area, it will report cases of murder, 
rape, and beatings as well as inci- 
dents of corruption in political of- 
fice. In addition, the evil effects of 
alcohol and drug abuse are evident 
all around us. 

In January 1988 the Gary, Indi- 
ana, Post-Tribune reported an al- 
most unbelievable incident. In 
freezing weather, a mother aban- 
doned her nine-year-old daughter 
in an empty, unheated house. She 
put her in a second-floor bedroom, 
then pushed a refrigerator in front 
of the bedroom door to assure that 
the girl could not escape. 

Two or three days later the 
child's cries were heard by a work- 
man who had come to board up the 
house. He rescued the little girl, 
but not before the cold had frozen 
both of her feet so badly that they 
had to be amputated. 

Tempted to surrender 

When we read of this and other 
inhuman acts, we are tempted to 
hang up our armor and surrender. 
We begin to believe that Satan is 
in control and that we can do noth- 
ing to prevent his ultimate tri- 
umph. We may even ask ourselves 
how much worse it could have 
been in the days of Noah. 

Certainly Satan seems to have 
things going his way, and the 
world situation appears to be hope- 
less. But should we give up the 
fight? Should we conclude that we 
can do nothing to change the world 
or our little comer of it? 

The answer to both questions is 

Ms. Dauies is a free-lance writer who 
lives in Onaga, Kansas. 



a resounding "No!" When we get 
discouraged, we need to read God's 
word and pray. We are on the win- 
ning side, and no matter how 
badly the battle appears to be 
going, God will have the ultimate 
victory. Psalm 98:1 says, "[The 
Lord's] right hand and his holy 
arm have worked salvation for 
him" (np/). As Christians, we must 
believe that God is in control and 
that He will work things out in the 
end. 

A.T. Pierson in his book. Vital 
Union with Christ, recounts the 
following incident: 

A veteran of Waterloo used to tell 
how the trained soldiers of the 
Duke of Wellington, the night 
before that decisive battle that 
turned the destinies of Europe, 
took the raw recruits and told 
them of the skill, the capacity, the 
courage of their great commander. 
They so inspired them with con- 
fidence in the Iron Duke that how- 
ever the battle might seem to 
waver, the ultimate issue might be 
confidently expected to be victory. 
Those raw recruits went into battle 
expecting to win. 

By contrast, as we read Shake- 
speare's Julius Caesar and the ac- 
count of the final battle between 
the forces of Brutus and Cassius 
and those of Mark Antony and Oc- 
tavius, we can see that Brutus and 
Cassius were defeated before the 
battle began. They were convinced 
that the gods were against them. 
Cassius even misread a victory 
celebration in his own camp be- 
cause he was expecting defeat — 
and defeat came and the conspira- 
tors died. 

As Christians, we can have the 
assurance that no matter what oc- 
curs, God will have the ultimate 



victory. Philippians 2:9-11 pro- 
claims: "Therefore God exalted 
[Christ] to the highest place and 
gave him the n£ime that is above 
every name, that at the name of 
Jesus every knee should bow, in 
heaven and on earth and under 
the earth, and every tongue con- 
fess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to 
the glory of God the Father." One 
day Christ will retxirn in His glory 
with the hosts of heaven and will 
take the earth back from Satan. 

We win! 

So when you look at world condi- 
tions and get discouraged, say to 
yourself, "I've read the last chapter 
— and we win!" [f] 

Soldiers of Christ, 
Arise 

Soldiers of Christ, arise, 

And put your armor on, 
Strong in the strength which 
God supplies 

Through His eternal Son; 
Strong in the Lord of hosts. 

And in His mighty power. 
Who in the strength of Jesus 
trusts 

Is more than conqueror. 

Stand then in His great might. 

With all His strength endued. 
And take, to arm you for the 
fight. 

The panoply of God; 
That having all things done. 

And all your conflicts past, 
Ye may o'ercome through 
Christ alone, 

And stand entire at last. 

— Charles Wesle[; 



April 1991 




Pastors' Health Insurance: 

A Time for Decision 

A straightforward look at the future of the Brethren pas- 
tors' group health Insurance plan, by Ronald W. Waters.* 



BRETHREN PASTORS and the 
churches they serve are facing a 
decision that will affect the future of 
the Brethren pastors' group health 
insurance plan. 

A Brief History 
of the Plan 

In the 1950s, pastors and other 
denominational leaders recognized 
the need for affordable health in- 
surance. In 1959 General Confer- 
ence authorized the board of 
trustees of the Retirement Fund to 
offer a group hospitalization plan. 

Initial efforts to form a group were 
unsuccessful because not enough 
churches were willing to take part in 
a gfroup plan. However, in 1964 a 
group health insurance plan was ap- 
proved by Brethren pastors and the 
Retirement Fund board. 

A self-funded plan 

In the 19708 a shift in the plan 
was made, from a plan totally cov- 
ered by an outside insurance com- 
pany to a self-funded insurance plan. 
The plan was reinsured against 
catastrophic claims by an outside in- 
surer. This plan was an effort at 
mutual aid — premiums received 
from Brethren pastors and churches 
were used to directly assist Brethren 
pastors and their families who were 
participating in the plan. Everyone 

'Rev. Waters is Director of Brethren 
Church Ministries. This article was 
reviewed and affirmed by the General 
Conference Executive Council. 

8 



was insured at the same family rate 
regardless of age or geographic loca- 
tion. 

By the 1980s, the growing cost of 
medical care had a dramatic impact 
on the financial stability of the self- 
funded insurance plan. Major 
premium increases consistent with 
rising medical costs were required. 
Many churches and pastors who 
were healthy elected to pursue other 
health insurance options. By losing 
healthy participants, the financial 
future of the group became perilous. 

An alternate plan 

The board of the Retirement Fund 
was forced to seek alternatives to 
assure the future coverage of re- 
maining plan participants. After an 
extensive search, Mennonite Mutual 
Aid (MMA) Association of Goshen, 
Indiana, agreed to take over our 
group without any rate-ups or elim- 
inations due to pre-existing health 
conditions. The group transfer be- 
came effective January 1, 1987. 

In 1990 MMA began reviewing the 
participation levels of all of its min- 
isters' groups, including our own. 
For many years (long before accept- 
ing our group in 1987) MMA had a 
requirement for 75 percent par- 
ticipation of all eligible persons to 
maintain the benefits of group 
status. This requirement had not 
been enforced after the initial g^roup 
enrollment. Last summer, however, 
MMA concluded that they must en- 
force this industry standard of par- 
ticipation for all group plans. 

As part of this decision, MMA also 
adopted a generous plan to help 
groups reach the required participa- 
tion level over a period of time. In- 
centives included a one-year open 
enrollment period through August 1, 
1991. To meet the plan objectives. 
The Brethren Church must have a 
net addition of nine eligible persons 



before the end of 1991, and an equal 
number again before the end of 
1992. 

Eligibility 
for the Plan 

As of October 1990, the following 
individuals and their families are 
eligible for group participation: 

1. All pastors and associates ac- 
tively serving Brethren churches 
who are licensed or ordained and 
who are working for the church a 
minimum of 20 hours per week. 

2. All employees (working a mini- 
mum of 20 hours per week) of The 
Brethren Church, Inc., its wholly- 
owned subsidiaries, district boards, 
and cooperating boards of General 
Conference. 

Though no longer technically part 
of our group, retired pastors and 
their surviving spouses who were 
members of our group prior to their 
retirement continue to be covered by 
MMA. As Director of Brethren 
Church Ministries, I serve as group 
representative and also as liaison for 
retired pastors and spouses with 
MMA. 

A census of eligible persons com- 
piled on December 1, 1990, revealed 
the following statistics. Of 131 eli- 
gible persons: 

• 53 were covered by the Brethren 
gn*oup plan 

• 3 were covered by some other 
MMA plan 

• 34 were covered by insurance 
provided by a spouse's employer 

• 4 1 were covered by individual or 
some other group plan or had no 
insurance 

MMA does not count eligible per- 
sons covered by other MMA plans 
or by spousal insurance against a 
group when calculating levels of par- 
ticipation. 

Normally, an individual is eligible 
to come into our group regardless of 

The Brethren Evangeust 



"Now is the opportune time for pastors and their churches who have 
any question about future insurability to reconsider joining the 
Brethren pastors* group health insurance plan,** 



pre-existing health conditions 
without rate-ups or limitations as 
long as application of enrollment is 
made no later than 30 days after 
emplojrment by a Brethren church. 
However, the current open enroll- 
ment period until August 1, 1991, 
allows pastors and families with 
some pre-existing conditions the 
same opportunity. 

Risks for Pastors 
Outside the Plan 

By not joining our Brethren 
pastors' group health insurance 
plan, pastors may be putting them- 
selves at future financial risk. 

Spousal insurance plans 

Many pastors are covered by a 
family health plan offered by their 
spouse's employer. Spousal in- 
surance generally has the advantage 
of lower cost to the pastoral family 



Questions We Are Asked 



Why don't we find another Insurer? 

Without at least 75 percent participation of all 
eligible persons (including those covered by 
spousal insurance), it is nearly impossible to find 
any insurer who will accept a group, regardless of 
the cost. 

But Mennonite Mutual Aid is so expensive. 
Aren't there cheaper plans available? 

Many pastors have told us of "other plans with 
better prices." While a plan may have better 
premiunri rates for some, they generally have less 
favorable rates for others. We've been told about 
many plans, but we've not found one yet that will 
take a group such as ours, at any price — other 
than MMA! And the premiums across the board 
have not been less costly. 

Does The Brethren Church directly benefit 
from the number of persons In the group 
through commissions or other kickbacks? 

No. In fact, the extensive time required for as- 
sisting group members is an expense of the Na- 
tional Office covered by Fair Share support The 
Brethren Church, Inc. receives no portion of 
premiums paid. 

Are you trying to scare people into this 
plan? 

No. The Information in this article is very real. It 
will be very sad if we lose our plan, then have 
pastors who are uninsured because of cost or 
health reasons. Thankfully, those presently in the 
plan will not have that risk. 



because the spouse's employer 
usually subsidizes the cost. In some 
cases, the group benefits may be 
more extensive. 

There are, however, disadvantages 
and risks involved in a spousal plan: 

1. If the church reimburses the 
pastor for any personal share of the 
spousal insurance, that amount is 
considered taxable income by IRS — 
not a tax-exempt benefit from the 
church. A portion may be deductible 
on Schedule A of Form 1040, but 
only if medical expenses exceed 7.5 
percent of adjusted gross income. 

2. The pastor's spouse may be- 
come unemployed, thus losing the 
spousal insurance. Unemployment 
may happen for a variety of reasons, 
including: (a) moving to a new 
church in another community; (b) 
voluntarily quitting the job; (c) dis- 
missal or layoff; or (d) medical dis- 
ability. In most cases, the employer 

is required to offer con- 
tinued coverage for only 
18 months and is not re- 
quired to subsidize the 
cost. 

This becomes a special 
risk if the pastor or a 
family member has 
developed a health prob- 
lem. The result may be a 
rate-up by a future in- 
surer, or even un- 
insurability if the 
problem is significant. 

Participation in the 
Brethren pastors' group 
health insurance plan 
overcomes these disad- 
vantages. Premiums paid 
by the church directly to 
our insurer are tax-free 
benefits for the pastor. 
And consideration of a 
future pastoral call or 
spousal employment will 
not have to be decided by 
insurability based on 
good health. 



Individual plans 

Some pastors have 
secured their own per- 



sonal health insurance plan. While 
most individual plans are quite ex- 
pensive, there are good buys with 
excellent benefits on the market. 

It is important, however, to be 
aware of the risks involved: 

1. You must know your insurer. 
Many of the least expensive plans 
are provided by regional companies. 
If you move out of their region, you 
may have to seek a new insurer. 

2. Many of the least expensive 
plans are also provided by small or 
little-known companies. Unfor- 
tunately, a few of these are "fly-by- 
night" firms or organizations that 
are undercapitalized. If your insurer 
"goes under," you'll have to seek 
another insurer. If you have in- 
curred health problems, insurability 
may be difficult or costly. 

3. Some individual plans may be 
canceled by the insurer under cer- 
tain circumstances. If your coverage 
is canceled and you have incvtrred 
medical problems, you may have dif- 
ficulty finding affordable insurance 
or any coverage at all. 

Our group insurer — Mennonite 
Mutual Aid (MMA) — has been in 
existence for 45 years, with health 
plans available since 1950. It has 
a solid base with approximately 
37,000 members from Mennonite 
churches and other Anabaptist 
groups such as The Brethren 
Church. MMA provides coverage in 
every state except North Dakota. 
Coverage for overseas missionaries 
and other church workers is avail- 
able subject to evaluation based on 
location and length of stay. (All 
Brethren missionaries who are 
American citizens are currently 
covered.) 

As a Christian organization, Men- 
nonite Mutual has a policy of not 
canceling anyone's medical coverage 
as long as a person pays his or her 
premiums. If a member of our group 
ceases to be a pastor or leaves The 
Brethren Church to serve in another 
denomination, coverage will not be 
canceled by MMA. Even if our 
Brethren pastors' group health in- 
surance plan should be discontinued 



April 1991 



"Unfortunately, those who will be most affected by loss of our group 
plan are those who have no choice in the decision now — prospec- 
tive future pastors, missionaries, and denominational workers who 
are not yet eligible for our group plan ....** 



in the futvire for lack of adequate 
participation, group members will 
still be insured by MMA with no up- 
ward adjustment in premiums as a 
result of the loss of the group plan.* 
Participation in the Brethren 
pastors' group health insurance plan 
assures the pastor's continued in- 
surability, no matter where the Lord 
may call geographically and no mat- 
ter what future health conditions 
may develop. 

Other group health plans 

A few Brethren pastors have 
joined particular groups and are 
taking advantage of a group health 
plan through those organizations. As 
stated previously, cost is often the 
primary factor, with benefits a 
second consideration. 

But such gn'oup plans may also 
leave the pastoral family at risk. 
One Brethren pastor was a member 
of such a group. Recently, the group 
decided to change insvu"ers. Because 
the pastor had had major surgery in 
recent years, the new group insurer 
refused to include him in the group 
plan. He immediately was faced with 
finding insurance. 

Fortunately, our group plan is in 
the midst of a one-year open enroll- 
ment period with MMA. Once he 
completed his application, MMA 
gave it priority consideration. He 
was insured before the former in- 
surance ran out. Had it not been for 
the open enrollment availability, he 
would have had difficulty finding af- 
fordable insurance. 

Another Benefit of 
the Brethren Group Plan 

In addition to overcoming the risks 
mentioned above, our group plan 
through MMA has one additional 

*Individuals enrolled in a self-funded group 
such as Southeast Meruionite Mutual Aid in 
Florida are not technically insured by MMA 
and could have coverage canceled if the group 
discontinued its special arrangement with 
MMA. However, our Brethren pastors* group 
health insurance plan is not a self-funded plan 
and Brethren pastors in our plan may not be 
canceled for any reason. 

10 



benefit unavailable through most in- 
surance companies. MMA exists for 
the mutual aid of its members. It 
strives to keep faith with the early 
Christian church and Anabaptists 
who felt strongly that caring and 
sharing were primary in maintain- 
ing their lives together in Christ. As 
a not-for-profit fraternal association, 
it is not required to pay taxes as are 
other insurers. Money not paid in 
taxes is channeled into the Sharing 
Fund. 

Brethren pastors' group health in- 
surance plan participants may take 
advantage of the Sharing Fund 
benefits, based on need and the will- 
ingness of the local church to also 
share. Specific Sharing Fund assist- 
ance programs include: 

• Catastrophe aid, for medical ex- 
penses not covered by insurance 
and which become a financial 
hardship on the family 

• Adoption expense assistance 

• Burial expense grants 

• Premium assistance for pastors 
who are paying for their own in- 
surance 

• Special dependent adult gn^ants for 
all or part of the premiums for 
developmentally disabled depend- 
ents 

Brethren pastors in our group 
plan have taken advantage of 
several of these programs to ease 
financial burdens. 

The Decision Challenge 
With Regard to the Plan 

Churches and pastors who are not 
participating in the Brethren 
pastors' group insurance plan now 
face an important decision — 
whether to stay with present 
coverage and remain outside the 
group; or to become part of the 
group. 

It is difficult to argue for more ex- 
pense to the individual pastor or 
church where coverage at a lower 
cost exists. 

However, if The Brethren Church 
fails to meet the requirements of 
group participation (nine additional 



participants in 1991), we expect 
MMA will discontinue our group 
status. This action would not affect 
persons already in our group. All 
pastors insured at that time would 
be switched to individual coverage. 
(Rates for individual coverage are 
the same as those for group par- 
ticipants.) 

Likewise, pastors who are insured 
outside the group would not be af- 
fected as long as there is no change 
in present health, geographical loca- 
tion, or spousal employment. How- 
ever, in the event of future loss of 
health insurance. The Brethren 
Church would no longer have alter- 
native coverage available. The local 
church and pastoral family would be 
responsible for finding and main- 
taining coverage (if available), no 
matter what the cost. 

If we lose our group plan 

Unfortunately, those who will be 
most affected by loss of our group 
plan are those who have no choice in 
the decision now — prospective 
future pastors, missionaries, and 
denominational workers who are not 
yet eligible for our group plan . . . 
and who might be ineligible for af- 
fordable coverage because of pre- 
existing health conditions when they 
are called by a church. Without a 
group plan such as we have now, 
they may be subject to rate-ups for 
pre-existing conditions. This could 
adversely affect financially these 
pastoral families and the churches 
they will serve. 

Now is the opportune time for pas- 
tors and their churches who have 
any question about future in- 
surability to reconsider joining the 
Brethren pastors' gn'oup health in- 
surance plan. After the open enroll- 
ment period ends August 1, 1991, 
The Brethren Church can offer no 
assurance of insurability under a 
group plan. For more information, 
please contact Ronald W. Waters, 
The Brethren Church, Inc., 524 Col- 
lege Ave., Ashland, OH 44805, or 
phone 419-289-1708. [j] 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Show the Faith 



Showing Faith's Power 

James 1:19 — ". . . let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. 
The third of several articles on the 1991 General Conference theme. 



OPEN YOUR MOUTH and 
say, 'Ahh,'" commands the 
physician, as he places a flat piece 
of wood on your tongue. It's the old 
stick-on-tongue approach, which is 
the doctor's initial means of eval- 
uating a patient's physical condi- 
tion. And just as a physical exam 
begins with a mouth check, so 
one's spiritual condition is initially 
determined by a look at the mouth. 
James is up front with the Body 
of Faith in disclosing what he ob- 
serves initially about the mouth. 
The results are incriminating to 
everyone examined, including him- 
self. He points out the reality that 
although at moments the mouth 
looks good, at other times the 
mouth is diseased. Christians 



struggle personally and corporate- 
ly with mouth-control. 

How devastating it is to see 
Christians destroy other Christian 
individuals and groups, as well as 
persons outside the Body of Faith! 
The poison that spews forth from 
just one outburst of the mouth is 
sufficient to destroy many. That 
which comes out of a person's 
mouth reveals much about that 
person's faith in Christ. 

Christ offers a new "mouth-style" 

Persons who are new in Christ 
often share their personal tes- 
timony of the change the presence 
of Christ in their lives has made in 
their "mouth-style." Should this 
not be the continual positive tes- 



By Moderator James Sluss 

timony of every Christian? 

We marvel at the evidences of 
manifestation of great faith. We 
rejoice when obstacles are re- 
moved, when blessings are re- 
ceived or lives are healed. These 
are viewed as demonstrations of 
the faith. But what is more expres- 
sive of the faith than the expres- 
sions flowing from the mouth? 

We know that mouth-control 
begins with heart-control. The hold 
that Christ has on our hearts cor- 
relates with the control we have of 
our mouths. Opening one's heart to 
Christ provides the means to con- 
trol one's mouth to show the faith. 

Let's put our faith where our 
mouth is! Let us open our mouths 
and "Show the Faith!" [j] 



Defining Our Priorities 

Fourth in a series of articles highlighting the goals for 
local churches recommended by General Conference. 



Goal 2 — Spiritual Formation: By 

October 1, 1991, provide a new, struc- 
tured opportunity for members of your 
congregation to be involved in pur- 
poseful Bible study and concentrated 
prayer, witli tfie goal of increasing 
overall attendance at corporate Bible 
study/prayer meetings by 25%. 

Most churches provide some oppor- 
tunity to help their members grow in 
Christlikeness. Midweek or home Bible 
studies, share groups, and even Sun- 
day school classes sometimes fill this 
need. Unfortunately, often only a small 
percentage of the church takes part. 

The purpose of this goal is to help 
your church increase the participation 
of its members. An important church- 
growth principle is that growth happens 
by adding new groups. To increase 
participation in purposeful Bible study 
and prayer, add one or more new 
groups this fall! 



Here are some suggestions: 

1. Start a new, on-going Bible 
study/prayer or share group. Most 
people are finding home studies very 
satisfying: the location is more relaxed, 
encouraging people to more freely par- 
ticipate. Elaborate refreshments are 
not necessary. In fact, a cup of coffee 
or juice is generally sufficient. The 
group might alternate leadership, 
though having one leader provides bet- 
ter continuity. What is required? A will- 
ing leader and a host family. What is 
studied is not nearly so important as 
that study and fellowship take place. 
Share groups growing out of Sunday 
school classes will build class fellow- 
ship. The weekly meeting outside of 
class will let participants dig deeper 
into last Sunday's lesson — or provide 
an opportunity to explore a related or 
different topic. 

2. Plan a church-wide fall (and/or 



spring) study. Busy individuals today 
may hesitate to commit to an on-going 
group but may join a 5-6 week study 
group once or twice a year. This ap- 
proach is most effective if all groups 
study the same subject — either a 
Bible book or a topic. Offering groups 
at a variety of times during the week 
will meet the needs of more people. 

3. Conduct a prayer vigil. While 
prayer vigils generally are not on- 
going, they may build an attitude of 
prayer in the church. If your church is 
small, consider an 8- or 12-hour vigil. 
Double up people, if possible, to share 
the experience together. And be sure 
to have a list of prayer concerns avail- 
able! 

4. Form prayer partners or triads. 
Encourage participants to meet 
together weekly (perhaps over break- 
fast) to share mutual concerns and to 
pray together. 

5. What is your idea? 

It is not too early to begin planning 
these opportunities now for fall imple- 
mentation! 

— Ronald W. Waters, Director of 
Bretfiren Ctiurcti Ministries 



April 1991 



11 




Advertising: 
A IVIeans to Church Growth 



By Phil Stump 



ONE FACTOR that must be 
considered when discussing 
chxirch growth and evangelism is 
the importance of advertising. We 
live in an advertising age. Adver- 
tisements are everywhere — along 
roads and highways, in magazines, 
on our radios and televisions, in 
buses, on trucks, and in our mail. 
In fact, it is almost impossible to 
go through a day without seeing 
some form of advertising. 

Unfortunately, except for the 
yellow pages and perhaps a news- 
paper ad at Christmas and Easter, 
most churches have not tapped 
into this means of reaching people 
for Christ. 

Four areas of planning 

Churches need to consider four 
areas as they plan their advertis- 
ing: (1) purpose, (2) goals or objec- 

Mr. Stump is Pastor of Evangelism 
at the Winding Waters Brethren 
Church of Elkhart, Ind., and a member 
of the Evangelism and Church Growth 
Commission of The Brethren Church. 



A Place For 
ScQ^dng. 



Try counting 
the number 

service- slKna 

you see in 

one day. Youll be amazed- We've 

become a do-it-yourself society. 

We pump our own gas, bag our 

thousand-and-onc other things 
on our own. This may seem quiti 

least one big proijlem A "self- 
service" 




xiety can ttccome 
very selfish one 
— - [life's deepest 

serving others, not 
yourself. It is experienced 
through reaching out in love to 
show that you care 
At our diurch you'll find a 
wealth of opportunities t 
others. Oh. and rest asst 



a!lf.s 



help 

ed 

signs 



Winding Waters 

HKKTHRKN CHURCH 

A Place For You. 

26588 County Road 4 West/Phone 264-4108 

Church School 9:.30A.M. 

Worship 8:1.5 A.M. and 10:45 A.M. 



tives, (3) strategies, (4) periodic 
evaluation. 

Although the cost of advertising 
is high, to be effective a church 
must keep its name in front of the 
public continually. A budget needs 
to be set that is reasonable, yet 
will permit your church to commit 
to a regular advertising program. 

Robert SchuUer says in his book. 
Your Church Has Real Possibilities 
(Regal Books, 1975, p. 146), "We 
recommend a minimum of 5 per- 
cent of the church budget for 
publicity purposes." This may not 
be possible the first year, but it is 
a goal that can be reached. 

When determining your purpose 
and goals, you must identify the 
audience you want to target, such 
as believers without a church 




Who 
would have 
guessed 
me impact 
that one 
young life 
would have 
on the world. 
To look at this 
sleeping newborn, 
you would have 
thought him to be no 
different than the count- 
less others bom that same 
year. 

But the life of this one 
quietly resting child would 
forever charige our lives. 
His life would be the ulti- 



mate gift of 
God to all 
people for 
all time. 
And 
we celebrate 
the Gift and 
the Giver at 
Christmas. 
Come and join 
in the joy of God's 
most wonderful gift, 
given with all of uie 
individual and per- 
sonal care of someone 
who kno'ws you best. 
It's because of the 
Gift that there is a 
place for all of us. 



Winding Waters 

BRETHREN CHURCH 

A Place For You. 

26588 County Road 4 West/Phone 264-4108 

Church School 9:30 A.M. 

Worship 8:15 A.M. and 10:45 A.M. 

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service ■ 6:30 PM. 



home or nonbelievers. Once this is 
established, narrow down your tar- 
get group to a specific segment of 
society (e.g., baby-boomers, young 
marrieds, divorced, etc.). 

Stress benefits 

There are various points to be 
considered as you develop your 
strategies. Your advertising should 
stress benefits, not features, which 
will appeal to your target group. 
Select one central theme and con- 
tinue stressing it. 

An advertisement needs to be 
recognized before it begins to pay 
dividends. It should have a com- 
mon look, a common sound, and a 
common philosophy. 

Advertising on a newspaper's 
religion page has not proven to be 
effective. Those reading this sec- 
tion already have a church home, 
and it is the least-read page in the 
newspaper. 

The advertisements should not 
aim at human wants but at meet- 
ing human needs. This type of ad- 
vertising will attract people to 



APIace 



Remember 

a kid? Wasn't 

life filled with 

excitement and 

promise in 

those days? 

Simple joys were so meaningful 

Like the soothing coolness of a 

popsicle on a hot summer 

afternoon. Or a loving hug fi-om 

Mom after a job well done. 

Nowadayslifeismore 
complicated for kids. There are 
more diversions. And more 
temptations. But the same 




basic needs are 
there. 

Especially the 
need to dream 
the biggest 
dreams a little 
heart can hold. 
Sometimes our world makes 
kids grow up too fast. That's a 
shame. Because they need a 
place that's wide enough to let 
them be themselves. A place of 
learning and love. We're doing 
everything we can to be that 
kind of place. Because we 
remember. 



Winding Waters 

BRETHREN CHURCH 

A Place For You. 

26588 County Road 4 West/Phone 264-4108 

Church School 9:30 A.M. 
Worship 8:15 AM. and 10:45 A.M. 



12 



Hi THE TRUTH, SUNDAY, DEC 16, 1990 



The Brethren Evangeust 



your church so that they can be ex- 
posed to the good news about 
Jesus Christ. 

Aim to be understood 

Your advertisement must gain 
attention, but its message must be 
simple, clear, and readily under- 
stood. Don't be too wily with the 
words you use. Remember, people 
can be confused even by simple 
statements if those statements can 
be taken several ways. If your ad- 
vertisement or campaign is compli- 
cated, it is probably poor. Keep the 
language in your advertisement 
clear and the meaning unmistak- 
able. Communicate quickly and 
succinctly. The best way for you to 
get yoiir point across is to come out 
and say it. 

Be creative but not strange, a 
cut above the ordinary but not 
bizarre. Select the medium that 
will best reach your target group 
— it may be the newspaper, radio, 
television, direct mail, billboards, 
posters, etc. If your budget per- 
mits, you may choose to use more 
than one medium. If you do, 
remember to keep the content or 
the theme the same. 

At Winding Waters Brethren 
Church, our theme is A Place For 
You. The advertisements shown on 
the opposite page appeared in our 
local newspaper and on a local sec- 
ular radio station the same week, 
with identical language in both. 
The newspaper advertisements 
ran twice a week and the radio 
spots played three or four times a 
day, two or three days a week. 

I wish I could say that these ads 
were my original ideas, but they 
were not. This campaign was pur- 



chased from The Petragram 
Group, 1001 Richmond Road, 
Williamsburg, VA 23185-8508. 
Petragram specializes in church 
advertising. We Eire licensed to use 
their ads in Elkhart County, Ind., 
only. There are other advertising 
agencies that do church advertis- 
ing, and many who would be glad 
to work up a campaign for you. 

Evaluating your advertising 

How do you evaluate whether 
your campaign is a success? In the 
secular world, that is easy — sales. 
For the church, the answer is an 
increase in the number of first- 
time visitors. The bottom line is 



attendance. Advertising can per- 
suade people to try your church for 
the first time. If they don't like 
what they see, hear, or experience, 
they won't come back. If advertis- 
ing increases the number of first- 
time visitors but you never see 
them again, don't blame the adver- 
tising. 

Advertising can't go beyond 
creating an awareness of your 
church or your outreach progrgims. 
You will need other programs such 
as visitation to complete the 
process of leading people to a per- 
sonal commitment to Christ and a 
desire to become responsible mem- 
bers of His church. [j] 



Being Socially Responsible Brethren 



Following are several suggestions 
from the Social Responsibilities Com- 
mission of ways in which Brethren can 
be involved in current social issues. 

1. The Iraqis were not the only 
losers in the Gulf War. Children of 
parents who were sent to the Middle 
East were also victims of this conflict. 
Write to your Senators and Repre- 
sentative in Washington urging them 
to support legislation that would keep 
parents — especially single parents — 
out of combat duty. 

2. Voting is a privilege, and no elec- 
tion, including primaries coming up in 
many areas, is unimportant. Elections 
have been won or lost by one vote. Be 
an informed citizen on local, state, and 
national issues. Learn where local 
candidates stand on pro-Christian and 
pro-family issues, and support those 
with whom you agree. 

3. The American Family Associa- 
tion's (AFA) boycott of Waldenbooks, 
alleged to be the largest seller of 
pronographic books, and its parent 
company, K-Mart, continues. AFA is 



urging churches, groups, and individ- 
uals to organize "Family Motorcades" 
in their communities on Memorial Day 
or on the Sunday preceding Memorial 
Day in order to promote the boycott. 

4. Pray for the leaders of our na- 
tion and for world leaders regularly as 
they seek to restore stable govern- 
ment in the Middle East. 

5. CBS has agreed to air a new 
series by Norman Lear entitled Sun- 
day Dinner, in which Lear will promote 
his New Age/Secular Humanist reli- 
gion. Protests of this new series can 
by sent to Chairman Laurence A. 
Tisch, CBS, 51 West 52 St., New 
York. NY 10019. 

6. Christian Leaders for Respon- 
sible Television (CLeaR-TV) has 
called for a one-year boycott of the 
products of S.C. Johnson and Sons, 
Inc. (Johnson Wax), and Rizer, Inc. 
(Plax, Barbasol, Ben-Gay, etc.). These 
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13 



World Relief 



Brethren World Relief in Action 



Brethren missionaries Prasanth and Nirmala Kunnar report on work 
undertaken in India through the support of World Relief. 



As YOUR WORKERS in the 
Brethren Mission in India, 
we have taken up various relief 
operations with help provided by 
the World Relief Corporation and 
The Brethren Church. 

The dreadful cyclone that oc- 
curred in May 1990 caused im- 
measurable damage to millions of 
people in Andhra State. The 
cyclone was followed by floods. 
The victims were shifted to school 
and college buildings, where they 
stayed for many days helplessly. 

The World Relief aid helped us 
provide food and the staple rice 
for all these victims. We visited 
the devastated villages and dis- 
tributed cotton blankets, clothing, 
and cooking utensils, as many 
had lost all their belongings in 



From the World Relief Commission 
Chair . . . 

Dear Brethren, 

Greetings in the compassionate 
name of our Savior and Lord Jesus 
Christ 

As a denomination, we can be 
proud of being involved with World 
Relief Corporation, an organization 
that faithfully channels 85 cents of 
every dollar for those in need. 

In these pages we hope you will 
see how your faithful donations to 
World Relief have been used. 

With events in the Persian Gulf, 
we've seen a tremendous outpour- 
ing of support for service members. 
At the same time, it is sad that so 
many others in our world don't 
receive a "goodies box" when a dis- 
aster comes to their village — no 
funds to provide the basics. 

We give a huge "thank you" to all 
who have helped care for the needs 
of others and given them the hope 
for a better tomorrow. God bless 
you all. 

David Benshoff 



World Relief In India 

When a major cyclone (hur- 
ricane) hit India last May, Rev. 
Kumar notified the World Relief 
Corporation (WRC) in Wheaton, Illi- 
nois, of the devastation and great 
need. WRC provided $5,000 for 
relief through Brethren Mission of 
India. The Brethren Church, Inc., 
matched that sum with an addition- 
al $5,000 from last April's World 
Relief month offerings. The Mis- 
sionary Board of The Brethren 
Church transmitted the $10,000 
grant to the Kumars to speed up the 
relief effort. 

This is an example of coopera- 
tion, not only of Brethren ministries, 
but of WRC as well. Rather than 
place workers throughout the world, 
WRC works through existing evan- 
gelical churches and missionaries. 
This saves administrative expenses 
and it assures that relief projects 
not only minister to physical needs, 
but to the spiritual as well. 



the flood. We also were able to 
conduct free medical camps in 
these villages and gave medicines 
for contagious diseases, cold, skin 
diseases, cough, and fever, as 
well as preven- 
tive medicines. 

Brethren Mis- 
sion took up a 
variety of relief 
operations from 
May through 
July 1990 to 
help meet the 
needs of the 
worst-hit vic- 
tims. With much 
difficulty we 
reached 33 cy- 
clone- and flood- 
affected areas. 
We were able to 



distribute 6,000 packets of food 
and 2,500 pounds of rice (the 
staple food of an Indian); 1,500 
blankets, 250 sarees (women's 
clothing), and 200 dhothis (men's 
clothing); 1,200 cooking utensils; 
3,000 notebooks to the poor 
children who lost all their books 
in the flood water; and medical 
aid to more than 1,200 men and 
women. In addition we distrib- 
uted milk, food, and nutritious 
biscuits to several poor children. 
A helpless family of seven lost 
their breadwinner, the father, as 
a thunderbolt struck him. He 
died on the spot. We gave them 
clothing, cooking utensils, and 
also a thousand rupees to help 
them start a small grocery store 
in their village, which helps them 
make a living. A brother and sis- 
ter whose father was killed in the 
cyclone were made orphans. We 
gave them clothing, utensils, and 
five hundred rupees to help them 
continue their education. Under 
self-help programs we have given 
sewing machines to the destitute 
and a bicycle to a man who lost 
everything in the flood water. 




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Nirmala and Prasanth Kumar give aid to a brother and 
sister who were orphaned by the flood. 



14 



The Brethren Evangeust 



•^IfeRHM CVCLONt RELIEF •^^--N" 




i?e(;. Prasanth Kumar distributes kerosene lanterns to residents of a village 
that does not have electricity. 



The wide variety of cyclone re- 
lief operations were commended 
by the legislator, mayor of Rajah- 
mundry, and by many service or- 
ganizations. The district collector 
(government chief administrator 
of the county) issued a special 
certificate to the Brethren Mis- 
sion for the excellent service 
rendered beyond the barriers of 
religion, caste, and creed. 

With aid from World Relief, we 
have undertaken self-help, nutri- 
tional, educational, and health 
programs for the poorest of the 
poor in the society. 

Those suffering with leprosy 
live by begging alms on the 
streets. During the rainy season 
we provided them blankets to 
protect them from the chill of the 
rainy season. In the unreached 
village Vedurumudi, the island 
village Kedarilanka, and in slums 
of Rajahmundry, clothing and 
blankets were given to the very 
poor who struggle for their daily 
living. 

Lack of nutrition and poor 
sanitation are the main reasons 
for the terrible sickness among 
the poor people. We have con- 
ducted free medical camps among 
the poor and sick in many flood- 
and cyclone-affected areas, and 
we have worked in the slums to 
help the poor and sick to over- 



come their diseases. The people 
suffering with contagious and 
communicable diseases after the 
flood were given preventive shots 
for cholera. Medical aid was 
given to people suffering with 
fever, diarrhea, cough, and other 
diseases. The pregnant mothers 
and the old people were given 
nutritious milk, food, and multi- 
vitamins. 

People who have no electricity 
in their villages have been given 
kerosene lanterns. This protects 
them from the poisonous snake 
and insect bites. 

The children suffer with dis- 
eases caused by malnutrition. So 
during India's August 15th in- 
dependence day and during the 
Christmas season, we gave nutri- 
tional food packets to the under- 
nourished children in villages 
and also in Rajahmundry, Vizag, 
and Hyderabad. 

A Chinese proverb says, "If you 
give a fish to a person, you will 
feed him a day; but if you teach 
him to fish, you will feed him all 
through his life." So we have 
begun self-help and self-employ- 
ment programs. 

Miss Krishnaveni is an unedu- 
cated, unmarried girl. Due to 
poverty, her parents could not 
provide her education. After 
giving her sewing training, we 



World Relief 

also provided her a sewing 
machine. Now she stitches 
clothes for other people and 
makes money to support herself. 

Two destitute women whose 
husbands have deserted them 
and who have children to support 
have been given two sewing 
machines. Now they earn and 
support their dependent children 
and themselves. 

A cycle rickshaw which is a 
common means of transportation 
in India was given to a poor un- 
employed man, T. Appanna, who 
has a wife and six children to 
support. He earns mone^^ with it 
and supports his poor family. 
Likewise bicycles were given to 
poor unemployed men. Mr. 
Nookaraju uses his bicycle to 
carry his carpenter tools to go 
from house to house to repair 
their wooden furniture. Another 
person, N. Appalakonda, uses his 
new cycle to carry vegetables 
from the village to the city, where 
he sells them and makes a living. 

The Brethren in India praise 
and thank the Lord for the sup- 
port of the World Relief Corpora- 
tion and The Brethren Church in 
enabling us to help the suffering 
poor people in India. [f. 



A Call for Prayer 

Sunday, April 21 

The National Association of 
Evangelicals (NAE) and World 
Relief Corporation (WRC) have 
called Christians to a national day 
of prayer on Sunday, April 21. 

While the Persian Gulf War is 
winding down, more than 40 wars 
and open conflicts continue in 
various parts of the world. And war 
means innocent victims caught in 
the cross fire. 

We encourage you to devote 
time that Sunday — during worship 
and on your own — to pray for the 
innocent victims of war throughout 
the world, for their special needs, 
and for the resolution of conflicts 
that afflict so many. 

Of course, your gifts through 
Brethren World Relief also help to 
alleviate the suffering of the victims 
of war, including those in the Mid- 
dle East. 



April 1991 



15 



World Relief 



A World of Need . . . 

and World Relief is There! 

And because of your support, The Brethren Church is there too! 



Africa — 

The forgotten famine 

Taking second billing behind the 
Middle East War is the grim fact that 
in Africa, more than 27 million people 
— equal to the total population of In- 
diana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania — face 
starvation in 1991, according to the 
UN World Food Program. "We're 
looking at a famine potentially worse 
than the 1984-85 Ethiopia famine 
which claimed 1 million lives," says 
Dick Anderson, World Relief Africa 
director. 

"All these famines are largely man- 
made," says Stephen Ellis, editor of 
Africa Confidential. "The droughts and 
crop failures could be dealt with, if it 
were not for the wars" which continue 
in Sudan, Ethiopia, Angola, Mozam- 
bique, and Liberia. Yet it is the in- 
nocent victims of war who suffer. 
World Relief is there! 

in Jordan — 

Relief aid pledged if needed 

As many as one million refugees 
could eventually spill out of Iraq and 
Kuwait and flood Jordan. In February 
refugee arrivals were less than 100 a 
day because of bombing of the Bagh- 
dad/Amman Highway and the high 
cost of fuel in Iraq. Now that bombing 
has ceased, the flow of refugees is ex- 
pected to increase. World Relief and 
its partner. Venture Middle East, stand 
ready to provide assistance if needed. 
A network of strong Jordanian church- 
es (Conservative Baptists, Alliance, 
Assemblies of God, Nazarenes, and 
Southern Baptists) is already in place. 
World Relief is there! 

Soviet Christians — 

Some still to leave 

Some 1,500 Soviet Christians who 
decided two years ago to leave the 
USSR are still stranded in Moscow 



and other Soviet cities. World Relief is 
working with the US government to 
process these out of Moscow. To date, 
about 5,000 have arrived in the USA. 
Two airlifts of Soviets were sponsored 
by World Relief in September. "These 
refugees arrive with one purpose: to 
practice their faith without fear," says 
World Relief's US refugee resettle- 
ment director Don Hammond. World 
Relief is there! 

In Honduras — 

Helping children survive 

One focus of World Reliers child 
survival programs in Honduras is to 
help mothers understand and act on the 
connection between eating a balanced 
diet and improved health. A World 
Relief demonstration garden in San 
Cristobel is helping people improve 
their farming techniques. Special em- 
phasis is given to growing foods rich 
in Vitamin A. Child survival programs 
help them see the connection between 
eating vegetables and better health. 
World Relief is there! 

In US cities — 

Targeting the homeless 

World Relief is adapting its refugee 
resettlement programs to assist the 
homeless in American cities. Pitts- 
burgh (along with Chicago and other 
cities) has been targeted for a possible 
future project, linking homeless 
families with concerned Christians. 
Sponsoring churches will help home- 
less families become self-sufficient, 
providing a year of help with employ- 
ment and training programs, health 
care, legal services, and literacy 
programs. World Relief is there! 

Killer earthquakes — 

7990 a killer year 

Earthquakes killed nearly as many 
people in 1990 as in the entire decade 
of the 1980s, according to the US 



Geological Survey. Of the 52,000 
fatalities last year, 50,000 were from 
the June 21 quake in western Iran. 
Quake aid was also provided in the 
Philippines and Peru. World Relief is 
there! 

In Vietnam — 

A land of orphans 

After experiencing four wars since 
1945, Vietnam has no shortage of 
needy people. Orphaned children are 
among the most vulnerable. The Hoi 
An Orphanage in Danang is home to 
71 orphans. World Relief is teaching 
sewing and knitting skills to many or- 
phans, enabling them to make their 
own clothes and helping them find 
jobs when they leave the orphanage. 
This simple program is enough to pro- 
vide self-sufficiency and hope for 
these needy young people. World 
Relief is there! [t] 



And on the home front 

Because NAE's World Relief Cor- 
poration focuses more on interna- 
tional needs, The Brethren Church 
also supports two agencies which 
concentrate on domestic disasters. 

Domestic Disaster Response is 
a program of the Church of the 
Brethren designed to give visible 
support during times of disaster 
through volunteer laborers. When 
disaster strikes in this country, a 
network of workers contact local 
Churches of the Brethren and 
Brethren churches for volunteers to 
help with clean-up, cooking meals, 
and rebuilding. Brethren World 
Relief Commission member Ken In- 
gold serves as our liaison for con- 
tacting churches for volunteers. We 
provide an annual grant of $1,000 
to help with program expenses. 
Also, The Brethren Church offers 
financial assistance toward travel 
expenses (where needed) for 
Brethren workers, (cont next page) 



16 



The Brethren Evangeust 



World Relief 



World Relief Statistics 

DBCM Ronald W. Waters reviews past and present giving 

to World Relief. 



STATISTICS can be fun. I've spent 
the last hour or so looking at the 
results of the past 10 years (and more) 
of Brethren giving to World Relief. 

World Relief giving for 1990 by 
Brethren churches and individuals 
totaled $80,445.94. That compares to 
total 1980 giving of $35,481.99, a 
127% increase in 10 years! 

The highest year during this 10-year 
period was 1989, when $98,892.75 
was contributed. The amount was so 
large that year because of a generous 
bequest received totaling $22,216.48. 

Since World Relief offerings were 
first received by The Brethren Church 
in the mid-1960s, growth in total an- 
nual receipts has been dramatic (see 
graph, below right). Total receipts for 
World Relief in the past 25 years have 
reached nearly $900,000.00! 

In 1990, 67 Brethren churches — 
more than one-half of all congrega- 
tions — gave at least 100 percent of 
their full General Conference ap- 
proved World Relief Fair Share sup- 
port. Of these 67 churches, 30 gave at 
least double their full Fair Share, with 
many giving far more than that. (By 



On the home front (cont) 

The Cooperative Disaster Child 
Care (CDCC) program is a national 
network of persons who, out of 
religious faith and social concern, 
prepare and commit themselves to 
reach out and comfort young 
children in traumatic disaster situa- 
tions. Several Brethren people have 
become trained and certified 
caregivers. CDCC is supported by 
many denominations. The Brethren 
Church provides an annual grant of 
$500 for administrative and training 
expenses. 

While April contributions are not 
used for these programs, gifts 
throughout the year under the 
"World Relier umbrella are used for 
these program grants. 



way of contrast, 33 churches made no 
contribution to World Relief for 1990.) 
And of the nine districts, seven collec- 
tively contributed 100% or more of 
their full Fair Share for World Relief. 
Following is a list of the top ten 
churches in amount given and a list of 
churches that gave at least three times 
their full Fair Share (amounts include 
church contributions through Feb. 15, 
1991, designated for 1990; individual 
gifts sent directly to The Brethren 
Church, Inc., where home church 
could be identified; and identifiable 
gifts from Brethren churches sent 
directly to World Relief Corporation): 

Top Churches by Amount Given 

1. Winding Waters $4,760.06 

2. Brush Valley 4,164.36 

3. Park Street 3,490.13 

4. Brighton Chapel 3,291.37 

5. New Lebanon 2,859.25 

6. Jefferson 2,779.04 

7. St. James 2,713.91 

8. Maurertown 2,282.00 

9. South Bend 2,253.99 
10. Berlin 1,953.71 



Top Churches by Fair Share 
Percentage Given 


1. St. Petersburg 

2. Brush Valley 

3. Smoky Row 

4. Maurertown 


889% 
522% 
516% 
437% 


5. Stockton 


426% 


6. Brighton Chapel 

7. South Bend 


410% 
398% 


8. Williamstown 


393% 


9. Bethlehem 


344% 


10. North Liberty 

11. Newark 


317% 
306% 


12. Muncie 


305% 


13. Washington 

14. Linwood 


303% 
300% 



And how were these generous gifts 
disbursed? The vast majority went to 
NAE's World Relief Corporation 
(WRC). Last spring we matched a 
$5,000 grant by WRC to Brethren 
Mission in India through the Mission- 
ary Board (see related article). Small 
amounts were given to Domestic Dis- 
aster Relief and Cooperative Disaster 
Child Care. We used less than one per- 
(continued on next page) 



Morld Relief Receipts 



100,000^ 
90,000 
80,000 
70,000 
60,000 '- 
50,000 
40,000 
30,000 
20,000 
10,000 




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1989 1990 



April 1991 



17 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Retiring Pastor John Long Honored 
By Brighton Chapel Brethren Church 



Brighton, Ind. — A celebration 
honoring Pastor John Long and his 
wife, Leona, upon his retirement from 
the pastoral ministry was held Sun- 
day, January 13, at the Brighton 
Chapel Brethren Church. 

Rev. Long served as pastor of the 
Brighton Chapel congregation from 
March 1967 until his retirement at 
the end of 1990. 

The special event included a dinner 
in honor of the Longs followed by a 
program. Taking part in the program 
were Howard Rinkel, Mark Larimer, 
Margaret Damer, and James Wire, 
Jr. Special music was presented by a 
men's trio, a women's trio, the chil- 
dren of the congregation, and Sherry 
Van Duyne. Those in attendance 
were also given an opportunity to 
offer conmients or share memories. 

A number of gifts were presented to 
the Longs, including a plaque, a book 
of memories, a weekend trip to Praise 
Gathering, and a travel package, 
which the Longs have decided to use 
to take a cruise to Alaska with Dr. 
Charles Stanley. 

Rev. Long was bom in 1926 in Stur- 
gis, Mich., but grew up in Brighton 
(Ind.), where he went to grade school 
and graduated from Brighton High 
School. He was received into member- 
ship at Brighton Chapel in 1937 and 
in the years that followed served as 
Sunday school teacher, superintend- 
ent, and church moderator. In 1960 
he and Mrs. Long were ordained dea- 
con and deaconess in the church. 




James Wire (I.) makes a presentation to the 
Longs on behalf of the Brighton Chapel con- 
gregation. 

In February 1966 a neighboring 
church asked John to serve as supply 
speaker, then later that year called 
him to serve as pastor. That same 
year he was certified by the Indiana 
District Conference as a lay evangel- 
ist and later licensed for the pastoral 
ministry. On March 1, 1967, he ac- 
cepted a call from the Brighton Chap- 
el congregation, and two years later, 
on March 9, 1969, he was ordained an 
elder in The Brethren Church. 

During his years as pastor of the 
Brighton Chapel congregation. Rev. 
Long also worked full time at a bank, 
from which he will retire in May. 

Since October 27, 1946, John has 
been married to the former Leona 
Larimer. They are the parents of two 
children. 

— reported by Sherrie Larimer 



Pastor Emery Hurd, Rev. Dennis Sigle, and 
Rev. Reilly Smith (I. to r. ) lay hands on Deacon 
Dale Thomas. Photo by Sue Hurd 

Cheyenne Church Ordains 
Dale R. Thomas as Deacon 

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Dale R. Thomas 
was ordained a deacon Sunday, Feb- 
rueiry 10, Ln the Cheyenne Brethren 
Church. 

Rev. G. Emery Hurd, pastor of the 
Cheyenne congregation, and Midwest 
District Elders Rev. Dennis Sigle and 
Rev. Reilly Smith took part in the 
ordination service and performed the 
laying on of hands. Also participating 
in the service was Cheyenne member 
David White. 

In addition to his new position as 
deacon, Mr. Thomas is moderator of 
the Cheyenne congregation and a 
flock leader. A dinner reception was 
held in his honor following the or- 
dination service. 

— reported by Alice M. Tharp 



World Relief Statistics 

(continued from page 1 7) 
cent for denominational expenses in 
promoting giving and administering 
World Relief funds. 

For 1990, The Brethren Church was 
the top giving denomination to World 
Relief Corporation based on per capita 
giving — a distinction that has become 
an annual honor. 

Yet the needs around the world and 
around our country are beyond belief. 
Your gift this month provides care 
throughout the year around the world. 
Thank you for your partnership in this 
ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. [j] 



Disbursements 



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-^World Relief Commission of NAE - 

91 % 

Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church — 6% 
hurch of the Brethren Disaster 
Response - 1 % 
Cooperative Disaster Child Care 
— 1% 
Administration and Promotion — 
1% 



18 



The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



New Brethren Work in Frederick, Md., 
Holds First Services on Palm Sunday 



Frederick, Md. — Following a 
series of frustrating delays and a 
name change, the new Brethren work 
in Frederick, Maryland, held its first 
services on Palm Sunday. 

The Mountain View Brethren 
Church met in newly remodeled facil- 
ities in the Rose Hill Plaza, a shopping 
center and office complex on the north 
side of Frederick. Charles Beekley, 
the pastor of the new church, led the 
worship service. 

Exactly 50 people were in attend- 
ance, m^ost of whom came as a result 
of telephone calls and letters, as 
prescribed by The Phone's For You 
campaign, a method that has been 
used by several Brethren churches to 
reach their communities. While the 
impact of the phone campaign was 
probably lessened by the delays, Pas- 
tor Beekley said that he is "nonethe- 
less convinced that each person in 
attendance was there because God is 
moving in his or her life in some man- 
ner." Beekley added, "We're hopeful 
we can help them realize His pres- 
ence, and strengthen their relation- 
ship with Him." 

Although a lease for the property 
was signed in November, zoning, 
code, and permit problems caused 



delays. Then the building was re- 
possessed by the bank because the 
original owners faced monetary dif- 
ficulties. In mid-Februairy the legal 
problems were finally settled and 
work began on the remodeling. 

"Technically, we hadn't even moved 
in by March 24th, because the build- 
ing still hadn't been approved by city 
inspectors," Beekley said. "But we 
wanted to be underway before Easter, 



so we started on Palm Sunday and 
decided to wait for the permits." 

A dedication service for the facility 
was held Thursday, March 21, with 
Rev. Bob Keplinger, chairman of the 
Southeastern District Mission Board, 
participating. Brethren from^ three 
district churches attended the dedica- 
tion service. 

The Frederick work is sponsored by 
the Southeastern District of the 
Brethren Church. The telephone cam- 
paign was conducted by Brethren 
throughout the district, using phone 
centers in the Linwood, St. James, 
and Waterbrook Brethren ch\irches. 




Pastor Charles Beekley leads the inaugural worship service of the Mountain View Brethren 
Church of Frederick, Md., with 50 people in attendance. 



Florida District Conference Held 
March 3rd at Town and Country 

Tampa, Fla. — The 14th annual con- 
ference of the Florida District of The 
Brethren Church was held Sunday, 
March 3, at the Town and Country 
Brethren Church of Tampa, with ". . . 
be ye doers, and not hearers only ..." 
(James 1:22) as the theme. 

Approximately 75 Brethren attend- 
ed the conference, which began on 
Sunday afternoon. An initial get- 
acquainted session was followed by a 
time of sharing and praise, songs, spe- 
cial music (provided by Iglesia His- 
pana De Los Hermanos), prayer, and 
welcomes by host pastor Tony Pica 
and Moderator Paul Yoder. Reports of 
denominational activities were then 
received, presented by Rev. James 
Sluss, General Conference Modera- 
tor; Rev. David Cooksey, Director of 
Pastoral Ministries; Dr. Fred Finks, 
Vice-President of Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary; and Rev. Russell Gor- 
don, Director of Home Missions. 

Following an interlude of group 

April 1991 



singing, and special music by Peggy 
Pica, the business session was held. 
Business included reports by the dis- 
trict ministries, the financial report, 
approval of the 1992 budget, and elec- 
tion of officers. 

Two amendments to the district 
constitution were approved. One di- 
rects that the Ministry of Administra- 
tion shall hold in trust all charters, 
deeds, and other properties of the dis- 
trict and provides that in the event of 
the disbandment of any church, all 
rights to properties held by the church 
shall revert to the Ministry of Admin- 
istration. The other states that the 
past-coordinators shall chair the Min- 
istry of Gift^Selection. 

The Church Growth Report indi- 
cated that the six churches of the dis- 
trict had a net gain of 52 members 
during 1990, increasing total district 
membership from 343 to 395. Four of 
the six churches showed gains in 
membership and only one showed a 
loss (of 2 members). Average Sunday 
morning worship attendance was also 
up — from 370 in 1989 to 398 in 1990. 

The 1991/92 officers for the district 



are Dan Gray — coordinator; Paul 
Isaacson — coordinator-elect; Pat 
Ligorotis — secretary; Martha Stone 
— treasurer; and Barbara Moorehead, 
Bill Cruz, and David Stone — 
women's, men's, and ministerial rep- 
resentatives respectively to the Min- 
istry of Administration. 

The date for district conference in 
1992 was moved up to February 2, to 
coincide with Brethren Pastors' Con- 
ference, which will be held February 
4, 5, and 6 in Florida. The theme for 
the conference will be "Be Imitators," 
based on Hebrews 6:12. 

Following a spaghetti dinner in the 
church fellowship hall, an evening 
worship service was held. The service 
included installation of the 1991/92 
officers by David Cooksey; scripture 
and prayer by Kenneth Solomon; spe- 
cial music by Jane Showalter; and a 
message on the theme, "Be ye doers 
. . . of the word," by Dr. Charles Mun- 
son, professor emeritus of Ashland 
Theological Seminary. 

— Written by the editor from minutes 
and reports provided by secretary Bon- 
nie Munson. 

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UPDATE 



Gretna Begins Centennial Celebration 
With Old-Fashioned Worship Service 



Bellefontaine, Ohio — The Gretna 
Brethren Church kicked off a celebra- 
tion of its centennial year on Sunday, 
January 20, with an old-fashioned 
Brethren worship service. 

Worshipers came to the service 
dressed in plain, old-fashioned attire 
— men without neckties, women 
without jewelry and make-up and 
many wearing head coverings. 

Men and older boys sat on one side 
of the meeting house for the service; 
women, girls, and younger boys on the 
other. At the front of the room a table 
replaced the pulpit, and around it 
were seated the deacons of the church 
and Elder (Pastor) Lynn Mercer. 

Only old hymns of the church were 
used for the service, and these were 
sung without instrumental accom- 
paniment. Between the hynuis the 
deacons were "extended the liberty" to 
bring a word of exhortation or en- 
couragement to the congregation. 
After all the deacons had taken a 
turn, "the liberty" was extended to 
Elder Mercer, who also brought a 
message to the congregation. 

This service was held just one day 
short of exactly 100 years after the 
original organizational meeting of the 
Gretna Church, which was held Jan- 



uary 21, 1891, in the residence of P.J. 
Detrick. At that meeting, 16 persons 
signified their desire to become char- 
ter members. Rev. Isaac Kilhefner of 
Ashland County was named the first 
pastor, and Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick 
Mohr donated an acre of ground for a 
building site. Dedication of the first 
building was held October 11, 1891. 
J. Allen Miller, an Ashland Univer- 
sity professor (and later its president) 



preached the dedicatory sermon. 

The centennial celebration of these 
events will continue throughout 1991. 
Other special events planned for the 
year include: an evening of music and 
worship with former Pastor Rod 
Thomas and his family on April 26; a 
Sunday morning message by former 
pastor Dr. Charles Munson in June; a 
message by former pastor Rev. 
Clarence Stogsdill on Sunday, August 
4; and a Homecoming Centennial 
Celebration on Sunday, October 13. 
The Centennial Commission plan- 
ning these events is chaired by Mrs. 
Betty Deardurff. 




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Elder Lynn Mercer (standing) exercises "the liberty " while deacons (I. to r.) Mike McPherson 
(behind Elder Mercer), Larry Jerviss, Wilbur Roby, John Deardurff, Paul Deardurff, and 
Thomas Losey listen to his message. 



Waterbrook Commissions 
Two Associate Pastors 

Edinburg, Va. — Fred Helsley and 
Dean Minnick were set apart for 
special service at a commissioning 
service held November 25 at the 
Waterbrook Brethren Church. 

The commissioning of the two men 
was an acknowledgment by the Wa- 
terbrook congregation of their gifts, a 
means of encouraging them to use 
these gifts more fully in the church, 
and a way of providing them a broader 
opportunity to use those gifts. 

Mr. Helsley was called by the 
Waterbrook congregation to serve as 
Associate Pastor of Evangelism and 
Assimilation. He is currently working 
on a certificate in church ministries at 
Bridgewater College. 

Mr. Minnick was set apart to serve 
as Associate Pastor of Music Mini- 
stries. He is a graduate of Shenan- 
doah Conservatory. 

Waterbrook Pastor Mike Woods led 
the commissioning service, and was 
assisted by Rev. Kent Bennett, found- 

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Participating in the commissioning service were (I. to r.) Rev. Pat Valanzon, Rev. Kent 
Bennett, Pastor Mike Woods (hack turned). Pastor Fred Helsley, and Pastor Dean Minnick. 



ing pastor of the Waterbrook con- 
gregation, and by Rev. Pat Velanzon, 
representing the Board of Overseers 
of the Southeastern District. 

Rev. Bennett shared from II Tim- 
othy 2, encouraging those being com- 
missioned to be faithful to their call- 
ing and to make disciples of others. 

Rev. Velanzon spoke from I Tim- 
othy 4, admonishing those commis- 



sioned to use their gifts to build up the 
Body of Christ. He also noted that the 
commissioning service provided an 
excellent illustration of the II 
Timothy passage, in that his own min- 
istry, that of Pastor Woods, and the 
ministries of those being commis- 
sioned were all the result of the pas- 
toral ministry of Rev. Kent Bennett. 
— reported by Pastor Mike Woods 

The Brethren Evangeust 



Little Crusader 



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Jesus said, **Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven*' (Matt. 19:14). 

JESUS KNOWS HOW IT FEELS 



We can feel many different kinds of feelings. We can be excited, happy, or 
bursting with joy. We can also feel sad, angry, hurt, or lonely. When we have "good" 
feelings, It is fun to have someone to share them with. When we have those feelings that 
make us sad or lonely, we need to have someone to share them with, someone who 
understands just how painful those awful feelings can be. 

When we pray, Jesus Is there with us. Jesus can share our joys and our sorrows 
because He lived as a human being like us. He knows about hurting, about pain, and 
about being treated unfairly. In the Book of Isaiah, the prophet wrote about what Jesus 
would suffer as a human being: 

It was the will of the Lord that his servant 

grow like a plant taking root in dry ground. 
He had no dignity or beauty to make us 

take notice of him. . . . 
We despised him and rejected him; 

he endured suffering and pain. 
No one would even look at him — 

we ignored him as if he were nothing. . . . 
He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly; 

he never said a word. . . . 
He was arrested and sentenced and led off to die, 

and no one cared about his fate. 

Isaiah 53:2-3, 7a, 8a 

What makes Jesus even more amazing is that He chose to hurt; He chose to suffer 
because of His great love for us. He wanted to make a way for us, so that through His 
suffering, death, and resurrection we might always have Him with us. Now He can be 
our Friend who shares our good feelings; He can also be our Comforter who shares the 
awful feelings we have. Once we let Him into our hearts and lives, we will never ever be 
alone again no matter how bad things around us may get. 



Facing Our Feelings 







Look at each picture of a face above. Think about a time when you felt that way. Write the 
name of each feeling beneath each picture. Jesus is with us to share these feelings and to comfort 
us when we are sad or lonely. 

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UPDATE 



NAE Convention Challenges Evangelicals 
To "Proclaim Jesus Christ . . . Together!" 



St. Louis, Mo. — "Proclaiming Jesus 
Christ . . . Together!" was the theme 
of the 46th annual convention of the 
National Association of Evangelicals 
(NAE), held March 5-7 in St. Louis. 

The Brethren Church was repre- 
sented by six delegates: David Cook- 
sey and Ronald W. Waters from the 
National Office; Fred Finks from Ash- 
land Theological Seminary; Russell 
Gordon and Juan Carlos Miranda 
from the Missionary Board; and Gene 
Eckerley, pastor and Indiana District 
Elder, from Mishawaka, Ind. 

During convention business, Maria 
Miranda was elected to the NAE 
Board of Administration. She joins 
her husband, Juan Carlos (who also 
serves on the board's executive com- 
mittee), and Fred Finks as at-large 
members of the board. David Cooksey 
serves as our appointed denomina- 
tional representative on the board. 

David Rambo, president of the 
Christian and Missionary Alliance 
and convention program coordinator, 
opened nearly every session with 
these words: "There are 82 million 
Americans who do not own a Bible 
and who do not go to church, even on 
Easter and Christmas." Speakers and 
workshops throughout the week fo- 
cused on the need for evangelism and 
on ways to approach this vital task. 



According to a position paper on the 
theme adopted by the convention, the 
scope of evangelism is to "present 
Jesus Christ so that sinners repent, 
accept him as Savior, acknowledge 
him as Lord and become responsible 
members of his church." NAE also 
acknowledged its responsibility to 
demonstrate evangelical oneness in 
Christ. 

In addition to the statement on the 
convention theme, delegates adopted 
three other resolutions and a reaffir- 
mation of several previous NAE ac- 
tions. A statement on the Persian 
Gulf War commended President Bush 
and other national leaders "for calling 
the American people to prayer," but 
regretted that in his March 6 address 
to Congress, he "thanked everyone 
but God." It also reaffirmed NAE's 
Peace, Freedom and Security Studies 
program with its emphasis on non- 
violent means of resolving conflict. 
The resolution also designated April 
21 as War Relief Sunday, a day for 
evangelicals to join in prayer for all 
victims of war. 

A resolution on racism reaffirmed 
previous NAE statements against 
racial discrimination and stated that 
NAE staff. Executive Committee, and 
Board of Administration resolve to 
contribute to improved race relations 



through appointments, programs, 
publications, and employment prac- 
tices. 

Another resolution addressed free 
exercise of religion and called on 
evangelicals to write their members of 
congress, urging support of crucial 
remedial legislation in this area. 

Finally, a statement of reaffirma- 
tion upheld and renewed commitment 
to previous resolutions on family life, 
human sexuality, and commitment to 
the Bible as our only authority for 
addressing moral issues. Copies of 
each resolution are available from the 
Brethren National Office. 

During the convention. The Breth- 
ren Church received a large plaque in 
recognition of providing the highest 
per capita support of World Relief 
Corporation of any denomination in 
1990. 

"This was the first NAE Convention 
I attended in its entirety," noted Ron 
Waters. "I was impressed by the unity 
demonstrated by delegates in the 
midst of a diversity of denominational 
backgrounds and distinctions. My 
personal commitment to NAE as a 
means for joint evangelical action and 
outreach within our nation was 
renewed and expanded. 

"Also, my contacts with the staff of 
the World Relief Corporation reaf- 
firmed my very positive regard for the 
dedication and efficiency of WRC as 
our primary relief agency," he added. 

— Prepared from NAE releases and 
staff observations. 



Ohio District Brethren Meet 
For Inspiration and Business 

Ashland, Ohio — The Ohio District 
Conference was held Saturday, 
March 9, at the Ashland Park Street 
Brethren Church. 

The conference began with a time of 
worship through singing of upbeat 
praise and worship choruses, led by 
Doug Cooper and accompanied by the 
Park Street band. Mr. Cooper serves 
as worship leader for the 8:30 Sunday 
morning worship service at Park 
Street and the band provides the in- 
strumental music for that service. 

Moderator Dave Oligee then wel- 
comed all in attendance and 
presented General Conference 
Moderator Rev. James Sluss, who 
gave an inspirational message. 

Rev. Sluss said that he had been 
asked to speak about evangelism and 
church growth and began by affirm- 
ing that he is for both. Using Acts 
2:27-47 as his text, he said that the 

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key to the success of the early church 
and to successful evangelism and 
church growth today is relationship 
— a strong relationship with God, 
with one another in the chvirch, and 
with those outside the church. 

Acknowledging that The Brethren 
Church has been in a recession, he 
mentioned several fast-growing areas 
near present Brethren churches. He 
said that to get out of our recession, 
we must step up the momentum of 
what we are doing in church planting 
and evangelism. He challenged the 
denomination to seek to plant one new 
church per year for evei^ 1,500 cvir- 
rent members. 

During the business session that 
followed, the 89 delegates in attend- 
ance (32 elders, 57 lay delegates [plus 
1 1 guests]) received reports from dis- 
trict officers and boards, elected new 
officers as well as board and conunit- 
tee members, and took care of other 
district business. Special recognition 
and a plaque were given to the Smith- 
ville Brethren Church delegates in 



appreciation for the great amount of 
repair and upkeep work members of 
that congregation had done during 
the past year at Camp Bethany. 

Following a lunch in the church fel- 
lowship hall, conference continued 
with district board reorganizational 
meetings, denominational ministry 
reports, and a concluding business 
session, during which the newly 
elected officers and board and com- 
mittee members were installed. 

Officers for the coming year are 
James F. Black — moderator; Ralph 
Gibson — moderator-elect; Shirley 
Bowers — secretary; Susie Black — as- 
sistant secretary; Stan Gentle — 
treasurer; Perry Deeter — assistant 
treasurer; and Terry Lash — statis- 
tician. 

The conference concluded with 
simultaneous sessions of the W.M.S., 
Men of Mission, and elders. Next 
year's conference is scheduled for 
March 14 at the West Alexandria 
First Brethren Church. 

— Richard C. Winfield 

The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



From 
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Brethren Pastors' Conference will be 
held April 16-18 at Chestnut Mountain, 
Galena, 111. Conflict resolution will be the 
theme, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bontrager will 
serve as resource leaders. 

The Roanoke, Ind., First Brethren 
Church held its annual talent night on Sun- 
day, March 10. The church's Woman's 
Missionary Society organized the event, 
and a variety of talent, including singing, 
playing of musical instruments, recitations, 
and performing of skits, was displayed by 
the youth and adults of the congregation. 

The Friendship Circle Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society of the Lanark, 111., First 
Brethren Church made and baked more than 
60 pies on Saturday, February 16. The pies 
were then sold to raise money for the 
society's mission project. 

The First Brethren Church of Oak 
Hill, W. Va., held its annual Men and Boys 
Bake-Off/Auction on Saturday, March 2. 
Max Phillips' bundt cake was judged the 
prettiest entry; Pastor Bill Skeldon's key 
lime cake won as the most original; and a 
beautifully decorated cake made by the 
Boys' Brotherhood was judged most un- 
usual. The item fetching the most money in 
the auction was a box of fried apple pies 
donated by Catherine Ingles. Mike 
Pomeroy was the auctioneer, and Ethel 
Payne, Debbie Bowling, and Stanley Goff 
were the judges. 

The National Association of Evangeli- 
cals has designated April 2 1 as War Relief 
Sunday and is calling on U.S. Christians to 
make this a national day of prayer and out- 
reach for the innocent victims of the more 
than 30 wars currently raging throughout 
the world. Brethren churches are en- 
couraged to participate in this occasion by 
making April 21a special day of prayer for 
peace and restoration in the world and by 
giving generously to World Relief, which is 
our special denominational emphasis 
during the month of April. 

The Lanark, 111., First Brethren 
Church is in the process of prayerfully 
evaluating and planning the Lord's work in 
the life of the congregation, using the 
CALM rn sessions sponsored by Ashland 

April 1991 



Theological Seminary. Initially, four mem- 
bers of the congregation — Ellis Boughton, 
Steven HoUowell, Robert Michael, and 
Pastor Tom Schiefer — participated in a 
training session in Ashland led by Dr. Mary 
Ellen Drushal. Since then 12 members of 
the congregation have been involved in fol- 
low-up sessions held in Lanark on Friday 
evenings and Saturday mornings in 
January, February, and March, during 
which priorities were compiled, then nar- 
rowed down to nine top needs; a statement 
of purpose for the church was prepared; and 
results of a written survey which had been 
presented to the congregation were tabu- 
lated and analyzed. At its final session, the 
group will seek to determine how the needs 
of the congregation can be met and will 
work at setting short- and long-range goals 
for meeting these needs. 

Pastor Nguyen Xuan Bao of West- 
minster, Calif., and Joshua and Alice 



Tsujimoto of Elma, N.Y., were the 
recipients of World Relief's 12th annual 
Helping Hands Award, presented March 6 
at the National Association of Evangelicals 
(NAE) Convention. This honor goes to in- 
dividuals who have given outstanding serv- 
ice to the world's poor. Pastor Bao, himself 
a Vietnamese refugee, has helped find 
homes for more than 1,400 refugees since 
1982. Joshua and Alice Tsujimoto spent six 
retirement years in Bangladesh, Joshua 
teaching new techniques for raising crops 
and Alice teaching English to women and 
helping young men learn to read. 

Dr. Jerry Ballard was honored March 7 
at the NAE Convention for his 13 years of 
service as Executive Director of the World 
Relief Corporation of NAE. In his 13 years 
with the organization, Ballard, who re- 
signed in January, led World Relief from a 
$2 million-a-year ministry to a $20 million- 
a-year global outreach. 



In Memory 

Bessie M. Lippold, 89, March 2. Member of the 
Loree First Brethren Church and W.M.S. She 
served as church pianist for more than 50 years, 
and in 1982 was honored as "Senior Disciple of 
the Year" at the Loree Church. Services by Pastor 
Claude Stogsdill. 

Adam Joseph Wilson, February 26. Adam was 
the infant son of Dan and Lisa Wilson. Father is 
a member of the Masontown Brethren Church. 
Services by Pastor Russell King. 
Willodean Bennett, 68, February 23. Member 
for more than 50 years of the Warsaw First 
Brethren Church, where she was active in the 
W.M.S. , the Ministry of Nurture, and was former 
junior church superintendent. Mrs. Bennett was 
instrumental in organizing the church library and 
served as librarian. A faithful servant of God and 
His church, she was always ready to assist where 
needed. Services by Pastor Mitchell Funkhouser. 
Anna Pearl (Strode) Stuckman, 99, February 
22. Member for many years of the Milford First 
Brethren Church, where she served as an adult 
Sunday school teacher and for 49 years as church 
secretary. Orphaned at an early age, she was 
raised in part by her aunt, Mrs. George (Ada) 
Drushal, in Lost Creek, Ky ., where she later spent 
two years assisting at Riverside Christian Train- 
ing School. Services by Milford Pastor Paul 
Tinkel. 

Marie E. Flickinger, 90, February 19. Lifelong 
member and deaconess of the Lanark Brethren 
Church. Services by Pastor Tom Schiefer. 
Helen M. Hunter, 88, February 19. Faithful 
member of the North Manchester First Brethren 
Church and W.M.S. Services by Pastors Wood- 
row Inunel and Marlin McCann. 
Mildred Price, 83, February 16. Member since 
1956 of the West Alexandria First Brethren 
Church. Memorial service by Pastor Dave 
Oligee. 

Wilda Dennis, 87, February 15. Member of the 
Roanoke First Brethren Church, where she 
served as deaconess for a number of years. Serv- 
ices by Pastor Jim Sluss. 
Harold F. Jackson, 89, February 14. Member 



and deacon of the North Manchester First 
Brethren Church, where he served as custodian 
for many years. Services by Pastors Marlin Mc- 
Cann and Woodrow Immel. 
Kenneth Kerr, 77, January 30. Member for 66 
years of the Bryan First Brethren Church, where 
he served as deacon, trustee, member of the 
Building Committee, and was active in Sunday 
school and worship services. Services by Pastor 
Mark Britton. 

Oren Edgar Leedy, 96, January 30. Member of 
the North Manchester First Brethren Church. 
Services by Pastors Marlin McCann and 
Woodrow Immel. 

Mrs. Eleanor McPherson, 76, January 22. 
Former member of the Sergeantsville First 
Brethren Church and long-time member of the 
W.M.S. Services by Pastor Keith Harris. 

Weddings 

Esther M. Oyler to Nathan E. Oburn, March 
23, at the Pleasant Hill Fust Brethren Church; 
Rev. Tom Snapp, cousin of the groom, officiat- 
ing. Groom a member of the Pleasant Hill First 
Brethren Church. 

Carla Renee Fahrenholz to Johnnie D. Clark, 
Jr., September 8, at the West Alexandria First 
Brethren Church; Pastor Dave Oligee officiating. 
Members of the West Alexandria First Brethren 
Church. 

Goldenaires 

Orval and Bertha Boyer, 50th, April 1 1 . Mem- 
bers of the Johnstown Second Brethren Church. 
Ceron and Luella Painter, 50th, February 15. 
Members of the West Alexandria First Brethren 
Church. 

Membership Growth 

Bethlehem: 3 by baptism 

Lanark: 2 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

Valley: 1 1 by baptism, 2 by transfer 

West Alexandria: 31 by biiptism, 26 by trans. 

Masontown: 2 by baptism, 2 by transfer, 

2 by reaffirmation 

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Keeping Hope Alive 

This little box 

can change 

the world! 



White poster board printed with a 
little ink and folded into shape — how can a simple box change the world? 

Obuiousli;, a box in and of itself can't change ani^thing. 

But a little change in the box this month for Brethren World Relief will help keep 
hope alive for a hungry child in Manila ... for thirsty villagers in Burkina Faso . . . 
for a Persian Gulf War refugee in Jordan ... for a cyclone victim in India ... for 
an expectant mother in Indonesia who lacks proper prenatal care ... for a father in 
Bangladesh who wants to provide for his family. 

Your gift may be small or large. But through World Relief it supplies what it takes 
to keep hope alive for the poorest of the poor in our world. And it offers opportunity 
to share the message of the One who said, "As you've done it unto one of the least 
of these . . . ." 

You may receive a box from your pastor (every Brethren church has received a 
supply). Or you may request one from The Brethren 
Church National Office. 

Display it prominently on your kitchen table at 
home or on your desk at work. 

Of course, the box by itself will have no effect 
. . . unless you put something into it. 

Then you'll help change the world . . . and keep 
hope alive. In the process, you might find yourself 
changed a little too! 

Thank you for your gift for World Relief 
this month. 

Brethren World Relief 
The Brethren Church 

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Ashland, OH 44805 



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Defining Our Priorities 

Fifth in a series of articles highlighting the goals for 
local churches recommended by General Conference. 



Goal 10 — Denominational Em- 
phases: Participate in all ongoing de- 
nominational emphases, including the 
following: Ministry Recruitment Sunday 
{Sunday, June 2). 

For the present, the most pertinent of 
the ongoing emphases of this goal is the 
one listed above: Ministry Recruitment 
Sunday, June 2. 

Why is this a vital emphasis for your 
church? Begin by looking at your pulpit. 
Most every church seeks a full-time 
pastor — someone to preach the word 
on Sundays, but also to minister to the 
sick, encourage those who mourn, and 
give leadership in evangelism, dis- 
cipleship, and administration. Each 
church should call at least one person to 
pastoral ministry every 10 years to as- 
sure an adequate supply of qualified 
pastors in The Brethren Church. 

Or look at the mission field. To reach 
our dying world for Christ requires a 
growing number of missionary can- 
didates. 

But ministry recruitment is not 
limited to calling people to become pas- 
tors or missionaries. Other vocational 



ministries include directors of Christian 
education, youth pastors, Christian 
counselors, denominational and ministry 
administrators, pastors of outreach and 
discipleship, campus ministers, doctors 
and nurses, teachers. Christian broad- 
casters and journalists, to name a few. 

Certainly not everyone will take min- 
istry as his or her vocation, but each of 
us should consider whether God may be 
calling us to such a ministry. 

And the call is not only for young 
people, though they are a vital focus of 
this challenge. God calls men and 
women of all ages and backgrounds to 
serve Him, to put their already devel- 
oped maturity into His service. 

Here are some suggestions for Minis- 
try Recruitment Sunday (and throughout 
the year): 

1. Focus the worship service on 
recruitment for ministry. The pastor's 
message should address on an ap- 
propriate passage, perhaps including a 
personal testimony. Involve young 
people in the service. Use hymns 
directed at God's challenge to ministry. 
Pray in advance and during the service 



for those God may be calling. And give 
an invitation to seek God's leading. 

2. Sunday school teachers of all age 
groups might include a brief presenta- 
tion or design an entire lesson based on 
God's call to ministry. 

3. Host a dinner — go to a nice res- 
taurant if possible, and offer special in- 
vitations to those God lays on your heart 
as prospects for ministry; include tes- 
timonies from those in vocational minis- 
try, as well as a challenge to consider 
whether God may be issuing a call. 

4. Provide a scholarship for those 
from your church who are training for 
vocational ministry; or heartily support 
the Ministerial Student Aid Fund; or 
local Men of Mission might accept the 
Bryan, Ohio, men's "Grand Challenge" 
(see page 1 9) to support a pre-seminary 
student through four years of under- 
graduate training. 

5. Pray regularly for laborers for the 
harvest. 

6. Perhaps God is calling you to a 
personal ministry of gently encouraging 
others to consider God's call. 

7. Love your pastor. Perhaps nothing 
speaks more clearly to those considering 
a call to ministry than to see that God's 
people love and respect those he has 
already called. 

And add ideas of your own. 

It was Jesus Himself who said, "Look 
to the fields" (John 4:35) and "ask the 
Lord of the harvest" (Matthew 9:38). 
Let us not fail Him at this point. [j] 

— Ronald W. Waters, Director of 
Brethren Church Ministries 



Being Socially Responsible Brethren 

Here are some further suggestions from the Social 
Responsibilities Commission of The Brethren Church on 
ways you can be Jesus to your community: 

1 . Take time to learn about the language curriculum your 
children are using. Some curricula, such as Quest, Me- 
ology, and others, encourage decision-making based upon 
feelings and circumstances rather than upon absolute 
moral values. As a parent, you have a right to do the fol- 
lowing: 

(a) see the material; 

(b) attend the class session; 

(b) develop an alternative curriculum for your child. 

Check with your child's principal and with the local school 
board if necessary. Remember, you have a right to super- 
vise your child's education and to develop alternatives if a 
particular item is offensive. 

2. Get a copy of Information for Registrants, publication 
565-X for your church. On pages 7-9 it spells out exactly 
what a registrant must do to obtain one of the three (yes, 
three) conscientious objector statuses available. Copies are 



free and can be obtained by writing The Consumer Informa- 
tion Center, Pueblo, CO 81009. 

NOTE: After speaking personally to the Assistant Direc- 
tor of Selective Service, Mr. Lewis C. Brodsky, it became 
obvious to Rev. Emery Hurd, chair of the Social Respon- 
sibilities Commission, that simply being "Brethren" is insuf- 
ficient for claiming conscientious objector status. Should the 
draft be reinstated, this booklet outlines what other evi- 
dence a person seeking CO status would need to present 
(such as affidavits), as well as giving an explanation of the 
interview process. It is essential that we respond with infor- 
mation rather than with our emotions to this critical issue, 
and this booklet describes all the steps necessary to obtain 
CO status if and when the draft is reinstated. 

3. Become more aware of what your state legislature is 
deciding about home-schooling, abortion, gambling, and 
other issues of moral impact. You can find out what is cur- 
rently under consideration by contacting either your state 
information office or the local office of your congressman or 
senator. After you have obtained and read the bills that deal 
with issues of interest, then let your congressman know 
how you feel. 

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Features 

Toward a Philosophy of Living, Part One: Who Am I? 4 

by Win Arn with Carroll Nyquist 

Guidance for developing a Christian view of Hfe and aging. 

Taking a Stand on Abortion, Part One: The Immorality of 6 

Abortion by Jeanette Sullivan 
A look at abortion from biblical, legal, and scientific perspectives. 
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Toward a 
Philosophy of Living 

Developing a Christian View 
of Life and Aging 

Part One: Who Am I? 

By Win Am with Carroll Nyquist 



Don't let the world around you 

squeeze you into its own mold .... 

(Rom. 12:2, Phillips) 

A CHRISTIAN VIEW of aging 
offers a far healthier view 
than a secular one. A Christian 
view provides hope for today and 
anticipation for tomorrow. It 
answers basic questions concern- 
ing identity and how to live today, 
and provides hope for the future. 

A secular view is given to us by 
sociologist Christopher Lasch, 
when he says, "Men and women 
begin to fear growing old before 
they even arrive at middle age. 
The so called mid-life crisis pre- 
sents itself as a realization that old 
age looms just around the corner. 
Americans experience the fortieth 
birthday as the beginning of the 
end. Even the prime of life thus 
comes to be overshadowed by the 
fear of what lies ahead."* This 
results in that destructive dis- 
crimination against older adults 
which we have come to know as 
"ageism." 

Frequently, as I work in the area 
of senior adult ministry, someone 
will ask me about my "philosophy 
of aging." I usually answer that I 
don't really have one; instead, 
what I have is a philosophy of 
living. 

It is extremely important that 
those who minister to, with, and 
through senior adults have a well- 
developed perspective on life and 
aging. In addition, we need to 
periodically re-examine and re- 
evaluate those perspectives to 
determine whether we have been 
affected — or perhaps even in- 
fected — by the "ageism" which 

'Christopher Lasch, The Culture of 
Narcissism (New York: W.W. Norton & 
Co., Inc.), 1979, p 356. 

Dr. Am is president of L.I.F.E. Inter- 
national, a resource organization for 
churches desiring to reach out to senior 
adults. He is the author of a new book. 
Live Long and Love It. 

Mr. Nyquist is a researcher and 
writer on senior adults. 

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permeates American culture — 
and even the church. 

Basic Questions 

There are three basic questions 
which provide an excellent way of 
re-evaluating (or developing) one's 
own life-philosophy: 

• Who am I? 

• Why am I here? 

• Where am I going? 

Who Am I? 

This is an important question 
throughout life; but it is a major 
question for senior adults, for it 
deals with identity. Obviously, the 
response should go far beyond 
one's name or vocation. For me, 
the "identity" question has two 
aspects: (1) universal, shared 
answers; and (2) unique, indi- 
vidual answers. 

My Shared Identity 

You and I share many common 
points of identity with other Chris- 
tian believers. What are some of 
these basics? 

• "So God created man in his own 
image, in the image of God he 
created him . . ." (Genesis 1:27, 
Nrv). You and I are created in 
the image of God — as is every 
man, woman, and child ever 
bom. This means that we are 
more than the latest, or highest, 
in the "evolutionary chain." We 
are not just another kind of 
animal. We are human beings — 
a unique order within God's crea- 
tion — possessing body, mind, 
and spirit. 

• "For it is by grace you have been 
saved, through faith — and this 
not from yourselves, it is the gift 
of God .... Consequently, you 
are no longer foreigners and 
aliens, but fellow citizens with 
God's people and members of 
God's household . . ." (Ephesians 
2: 8 and 19, NlV). We, who are 
believers, are also recipients of 
God's grace and members of 
Christ's body, the church. 

• "How great is the love the 
Father has lavished on us, that 

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we should be called children of 
God! And that is what we are!" 
(1 John 3:1, NP/). We are loved 
by God. And because of that 
love, God calls us His children. 
Whose am I? Closely related to 
the question "Who am I?" is the 
question "Whose am I?" This ques- 
tion is also helpful in defining our 
identity. The question asks, "Who 
has ownership of your life and pos- 
sessions?" 

Now, I'm not asking whether or 
not you're married and if you feel 
that your spouse has ownership of 
your possessions. Instead, I'm talk- 
ing about God's claim on our lives. 
If we have committed ourselves to 
a faith-relationship with Jesus 
Christ, then the answer is clear: 
"You are not your own; you were 
bought at a price" (1 Cor. 6:19b, 
20a, iVTV). God has redeemed us at 
high cost — the death of His Son 
— and because of that, you and I 
belong to Him. 

Of course, modern secularists 
despise the idea of belonging to 
anyone other than themselves. 
Any kind of commitment is seen as 
a limiting factor which deprives 
people of their entitled freedom. 

However, as a believer, I do not 
find God's claim upon my life to be 
at all troublesome, because I am 
one of His children. So, my rela- 
tionship of "belonging" is not that 
of a slave to his Master. My rela- 
tionship is that of a child to his 
father. "Dear friends, now we are 
children of God ..." (1 John 3:2a, 
NIV). And the basis for that 
relationship is love. "How great is 
the love the Father has lavished on 
us, that we should be called 
children of God!" (1 John 3:1a, 
NIV). And for me, that answers the 
"whose" question. 

So, who am I? . . . Whose am I? 
Well, according to the Scriptures, 
I'm someone who is created in the 
"Image of God." Through faith, I 
am the recipient of God's grace and 
a member of His family — the 
church. I am loved by Him and I 
am called one of His children. And, 
I am not my own; I am bought 



with a price. I belong to God. 

These aspects of my identity I 
shetre with all Christian believers 
because they give me a very 
wonderful sense of value and 
worth, regardless of age. 

My Unique, Individual Identity 

I also have a unique, individual 
identity that belongs to me and to 
me alone. You have one, too. Each 
of us possesses an identity which 
is defined by our God-given gifts, 
talents, and resources. For this 
reason none of us is exactly alike. 

"It was he who gave some to be 
apostles, some to be prophets, 
some to be evangelists, and some 
to be pastors and teachers, to 
prepare God's people for works of 
service, so that the body of Christ 
may be built up . . ." (Ephesians 
4:11,12, NiV). 

Not every believer is an apostle, 
or a prophet, or an evangelist, or a 
pastor, or a teacher. But we all 
have God-given gifts, talents, and 
resources which give us unique 
and different identities. 

Furthermore, because we are 
"not our own," our talents, gifts, 
and possessions bring with them a 
special kind of responsibility. God 
has entrusted these things to us to 
use for His benefit and the benefit 
of others. Consequently, we are to 
be stewards of our talents and re- 
sources — which has a significant 
bearing on the next question. 

Did you notice that I did not use 
my vocation to define my identity? 
That's extremely important for 
anyone who is approaching retire- 
ment, li who you are is defined by 
what you do, then you'll face a 
serious identity crisis the moment 
you retire. 

Never allow yourself to be 
defined primarily by your vocation 
— especially if you intend to retire 
from it. Remember, first and 
foremost that you are a much- 
loved child of God — a member of 
His royal family. Neither chron- 
ological age nor retirement can 
take that away from you. [f] 

Next month: "Why Am I Here?" 




Taking a Stand on 
ABORTION 

Part One: 
The Immorality of Abortion 

By Jeanette Sullivan 



The following article is part of a 
paper (the remainder will be printed in 
next month 's issue) written by Mrs. 
Jeanette Sullivan in 1986-7 while she 
was a member of (and for part of the 
period, chair of) the Social Concerns 
Committee of General Conference. 

The paper was reviewed by the Social 
Responsibilities Commission (which has 
superseded the Social Concerns Com- 
mittee) at its March 1991 meeting. The 
commission requested that the paper be 
printed in the EVANGELIST for Brethren 
to read and study prior to General Con- 
ference, at which time the commission 
will present a resolution on abortion for 
discussion and possible adoption. That 
resolution will be printed in next 
month 's issue along with the remainder 
of Mrs. Sullivan 's paper. 

Mrs. Sullivan is currently a member 
of the Milledgeville, III., Brethren 
Church, where her husband, Kenneth, 
is the pastor. 

A Biblical Perspective 

ABORTION, in distinction from 
miscarriage, is the intentional 
killing of an unborn child between 
conception and birth. Each year in 
the United States of America, one- 
fourth (11/2 million) of all children 
conceived die through abortion. 

The moral question raised in any 
abortion is whether the life of the 
unborn child is included in the 
biblical teaching respecting the 
sanctity of h\iman life. The word 
"abortion" cannot be found in the 
Bible, but the word "life" is men- 
tioned throughout the Scriptures 
as a gift from God. 

Psalm 139 is an account of 
David's praise to the Creator, our 



sovereign God, for His gift of life. 
In verses 13- If David marvels at 
God's involvement with him 
(David) between conception and 
birth: "For you created my inmost 
being; you knit me together in my 
mother's womb. I praise you be- 
cause I am fearfully and wonder- 
fully made .... your eyes saw my 
unformed body. All the days or- 
dained for me were written in your 
book before one of them came to 
be."* 

The term translated "unformed 
body" in verse 16 is a noun deriva- 
tive of a verb meaning "to roll up," 
referring to the earliest points of 
development, when David ap- 
peared to be no more than a 
"shapeless blob." This psalm clear- 
ly teaches that God is the author of 
life. God is overseeing and par- 
ticipating in the development of 
every unborn child. 

Genesis 1:26, 27 expresses the 
special protection God gives to 
human life and that it is founded 
upon His making of man "in His 
own image." "Then God said, 'Let 
us make man in our image, in our 
likeness, and let them rule over 
the fish of the sea . . . .'So God 
created man in his own image, in 
the image of God he created him; 
male and female he created them." 
We were created to know God and 
to resemble Him as our Heavenly 
Father. 

As humans, our value or worth 
is not based on what we do, but on 
who we are before God. When we 
deny protection to individuals in 

'Quotations from the Bible are from 
the New International Version. 



order to sanction their destruction, 
we are denying their Creator, the 
Creator of human life. Even though 
humanity has fallen, God still 
views human life as valuable and 
worthy of protection. Genesis 9:6, 
Exodus 20:13, Proverbs 24:11-12, 
and Numbers 35:33 affirm God's 
judgment against the shedding of 
innocent blood and against com- 
placency toward violence. Life is 
God's to give and His to take away 
(Job 1:21). 

Other passages 

Other passages pointing to God 
creating life and the value placed 
on that life include: 

Exodus 20:13 — "You shall not 
murder." 

Exodus 21:22-25 — "If men who 
are fighting hit a pregnant woman 
and she gives birth prematurely 
but there is no serious injury, the 
offender must be fined whatever 
the woman's husband demands 
and the court allows. But if there 
is serious injury, you are to take 
life for life, eye for eye, tooth for 
tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 
burn for burn, wound for wound, 
bruise for bruise." 

Psalm 51:5 — "Surely I have 
been a sinner from birth, sinful 
from the time my mother con- 
ceived me." 

Jeremiah 1:5 — "Before I formed 
you in the womb I knew you, 
before you were born I set you 
apart . . . ." 

Luke 1:41 — "When Elizabeth 
heard Mary's greeting, the baby 
leaped in her womb . . . ." 

Others: Deut. 5:17; Job 3:3; 

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"We, therefore, must conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the 
unborn child is a person in the sight of God; that each individual is 
protected by the sanctity of life given by the Creator who has placed 
His image upon both male and, female and grants them the right to 
life. Abortion is, therefore, immoral. " 



Is. 9:6; Matt. 1:18-20; Lk. 1:15; 
Gal. 1:15; Eph. 1:4. 

These are but a few of the pas- 
sages that speak to God's creation 
of life and its value. 

God created us. Life is a gift 
from God. God "knew us"; "chose 
us"; "set us apart" even before 
birth. To intentionally kill an un- 
born child is a willful act of 
defiance against the Creator. 

No child belongs only to human- 
ity. He or she is God's child. God's 
word must govern the protection 
and care of that child both before 
and after birth. We, therefore, 
must conclude on the basis of 
God's Holy Word that the unborn 
child is a person in the sight of 
God; that each individual is 
protected by the sanctity of life 
given by the Creator who has 
placed His image upon both male 
and female and grants them the 
right to life. Abortion is, therefore, 
immoral. 

A Legal Perspective 

Roe V. Wade: 
The Legal Status of Abortion 

On January 22, 1973, the United 
States Supreme Court, in two 
separate decisions {Roe v. Wade 
and Doe v. Bolton), mandated that 
Congress and the states adopt a 
policy on abortion commonly 
known as abortion on demand. 
Previously, most states had laws 
limiting abortion to rare and ex- 
treme cases, usually when the 
mother's life was in danger. 

Because the current status of 
abortion under the law has done 
more to create the tragedy of abor- 
tion than any single factor, it is 
valuable to have an understanding 
of what the Supreme Court said in 
1973. 

First, the court ruled that within 
the right to privacy was a basic 
constitutional right of the mother 
to "terminate her pregnancy." 
Then it stated that "legal person- 
hood does not exist prenatally" and 

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that the unborn child was, in ef- 
fect, property of the mother and 
not entitled to legal protection of 
his or her life. 

As to the state's ability to regu- 
late abortion, the court ruled as 
follows: 

• No restriction on abortion in the 
first trimester (first three months 
of pregnancy). The husband's 
wishes may not even regulate the 
type or quality of abortion services 
or facilities offered. 

• During the second trimester, until 
the child is said to be "viable," the 
state may regulate abortion in 
ways "related to maternal health" 
by establishing who may perform 
the abortion and where (may re- 
quire that it be done in a hospital, 
etc.). The state may not, however, 
enact laws to protect the child. 

• Abortion may be "proscribed" 
after "viability" unless one doctor 
says it is necessary for the "health" 
of the mother. However, the court 
defined the word "health" in a 
sense so broad as to encompass 
even her preferred lifestyle and 
social well-being, essentially al- 
lowing any woman to obtain an 
abortion in the first six months 
without a reason, and in the last 
three months with any reason. 

Ironically, the court denied the 
unborn child the very rights 
guaranteed by the 14th Amend- 
ment to the Constitution — the 
same amendment that had been 
enacted to overturn an earlier 
Supreme Court decision (Dred 
Scott, 1857), which excluded Black 
Americans from "legal personage" 
and upheld slavery as legal. 

The 14th Amendment reads as 
follows: "Nor shall any state 
deprive any person of life, liberty 
or property without due process of 
law, nor deny to any person within 
its jurisdiction that equal protec- 
tion of the laws." 

In 1857, the court's decision was 



based on skin color. In 1973 the 
court's decision was based on 
living environment, for as long as 
the child lives in the womb, he or 
she can be destroyed by abortion. 

"Viability " — What Does It Mean? 
Viability means "capable of living." 
A full-term pregnancy lasts forty 
weeks or nine months. The unborn 
child, regardless of age, is capable 
of living if allowed to develop 
naturally in the womb. 

Legal viability, however, means 
"capable of living outside the 
womb" and was a major considera- 
tion in the court's decision to legal- 
ize abortion. This decision holds 
the child worthy of protection only 
if capable of existing by itself, ig- 
noring the more fundamental need 
of this child — to be nurtured and 
cared for until he or she is truly 
viable. This independence, by any 
reasonable terms, does not come 
until late adolescence. 

A case could be made not only 
for infanticide, but for euthanasia 
of children, teens, and adults by 
adhering to the court's definition of 
viability. 

A Scientific Perspective 

Another area in which factual in- 
formation is vital in understanding 
the true nature of abortion is the 
means by which it is accomplished. 
The following is a listing of the 
techniques of abortion commonly 
used today. Space does not allow 
for detailed description of the pro- 
cedures or of the complications 
which can result from induced 
abortion. 

A. First Trimester Abortions: 

During the first twelve weeks of 
pregnancy two types of abortion 
are performed: vacuum aspiration 
(also called suction curettage), and 
dilatation and curettage (called 
D&C). Most doctors (those that 
perform abortions) prefer the suc- 
tion method because it is faster 
and easier (and therefore cheaper). 




*True ^freedom of choice' implies being knowledgeable of the choices to 
be made, but at this time there exists nearly no state laws of informed 
consent which would ensure that women seeking abortion know how 
the procedure is done, the possible side effects, or inform,ation on their 
child's prenatal stage of developm.ent." 



Suctioning the uterus is con- 
sidered safer than a D&C, but 
some studies show it may be more 
harmful to the reproductive sys- 
tem. Complications can occur with 
either procedure. 

B. Second Trimester Abortions: 

Once pregnancy is beyond the 
first twelve weeks, abortion be- 
comes more difficult and the risks 
are greater. The cost also increases 
dramatically. During the second 
trimester four different types of 
abortion are performed: dilatation 
and evacuation, saline, prosta- 
glandin, and hysterotomy. Legally, 
hysterotomies can be performed up 
until the ninth month of preg- 
nancy. 

These are the realities of the 
"termination of pregnancy," though 
most people are unaware of them. 
True "freedom of choice" implies 
being knowledgeable of the choices 
to be made, but at this time there 
exists nearly no state laws of in- 
formed consent which would en- 
sure that women seeking abortion 
know how the procedure is done, 
the possible side effects, or infor- 
mation on their child's prenatal 
stage of development. 

With an understanding that the 
life of the unborn child is included 
in the biblical teaching respecting 
the sanctity of human life, the fol- 
lowing information, provided 
through scientific means, is valu- 
able in helping the believer con- 
firm the clear teaching of Scrip- 
ture. 

Although there has been much 
discussion of when life begins, the 
scientific community does not 
seem to have much doubt on this 
issue. 

Conclusions of the First Interna- 
tional Conference on Abortion held 
in Washington, D.C., in October, 
1967, were: 

No point in time could be found be- 
tween the union of sperm and egg, 
or at least the blastocyst stage, and 



the birth of the infant which could 
not be considered human life .... 
The changes occurring between im- 
plantation, a six week old embryo, 
a six month fetus, a one week old 
child, or a mature adult are merely 
stages of development and matura- 
tion. 

Stages of development 

The following changes are mere- 
ly stages of development and 
maturation: 

• The heart beats between the 18th- 
25th day 

• Ultrasound scanners can pick up 
the heart action at 7 weeks 

• Electroencephalograms can 
detect brain activity as early as 40 
days after conception 

• During the embryonic stage (the 
4th through 7th weeks) all major 
internal and external structures 
are developed. At the end of this 
stage, the head, ears, eyes, nose, 
mouth, legs, fingers, and toes are 
recognizable though small. The 
baby is at this point only 11/^ 
inches long. The primitive skeletal 
system is completely developed by 
the end of the 6th week. 

• During the 6th and 7th weeks the 
nerves and muscles begin working 
together for the first time. If the 
area of the lips is gently stroked, 
the child responds by bending the 
upper body to one side. This is 
called "total pattern response" be- 
cause it involves most of the body, 
rather than a local part. 

• The lines in the hands begin to 
develop at 8 weeks and will 
remain a distinctive feature of the 
individual. The eyelids and palms 
of the hands become sensitive to 
touch at about 8V2 weeks. At this 
point if the eyelids are touched, 
the child squints, and if the palm 
is touched, the fingers close into a 
small fist. 

• The sex hormones estrogen and 



androgen have been identified as 
early as nine weeks. At 10 weeks 
growth hormone is detectable and 
at lOl^ weeks the thyroid and 
adrenal glands have begun to 
function. 

• At 11—12 weeks thumb sucking is 
first noted; fingernails appear. 
The child even at this point can be 
taught. If a sharp instrument is 
inserted through the mother's 
uterus and touches the baby, the 
baby will recoil in pain. If this 
painful stimulus is preceded by a 
noise, the baby will eventually 
learn that he or she is about to get 
hurt and will recoil in pain prior to 
the stimulus. 

• The next and last stage of in- 
trauterine development is the 
fetal, which occurs from the 8th 
week to birth. This stage is so 
called because of the ease of recog- 
nizing human features with the 
unaided eye. At this point all in- 
ternal organs of the adult are pres- 
ent. The arms are still very short, 
but hands with fingers and toes 
are recognizable, and legs have 
knees, ankles, and toes. From this 
point in development until age 25— 
27 years when full growth and 
development is complete, the only 
major changes will be in size and 
sophistication of the functioning 
parts. 

This developing baby is a 
separate but dependent new life 
with its own chromosomal pattern. 
At no stage of development can 
this child be considered an ap- 
pendage or part of the mother's 
own body. Physiologically it is the 
baby that determines the develop- 
ment of the pregnancy, not the 
mother. The baby, however, is 
highly dependent upon the mother 
for protection and nourishment, [f] 

Next month: What Brethren can 
do to prevent abortion and to restore 
those who have had an abortion. 



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Back Up the Track 




WHEN YOU LOOK at a chart 
of Sunday school attendance, 
it's not unusual to see a pattern 
that resembles the track of a roller 
coaster. Up and down. Up and 
down. 

When I looked at an old attend- 
ance chart for Mt. Olive's Sunday 
school, however, I saw what re- 
sembled an avalanche. Sunday 
school attendance had plunged 
from an average of 138 in 1967 to 
a low of 55 in 1984. 

A quick check of the statistics 
provided by Pastor Bill Walk at 
General Conference last summer 
revealed that many of our older 
congregations experienced similar 
declines. Sixty-six of those con- 
gregations showed a loss in Sun- 
day school attendance during the 
years between 1946 and 1989. 
Only 16 showed an increase. 

The denominational loss of 692 
people in Sunday school attend- 
ance during that period would 
have been outrageously higher if it 
had not been for the hard work 
and prayers of those involved in 
the establishment of new con- 
gregations. 

I suppose one benefit of a roller 
coaster attendance chart is that it 
means your Sunday school pro- 
gram is still in existence. It hasn't 

Rev. Miller is pastor of the Mt. Olive 
Brethren Church of Pineville, Va., 
where he has served since July 30, 
1989. 

May 1991 



crashed through the bottom and 
closed its doors. 

The Christian Education Com- 
mission asked me to write an ar- 
ticle on our growth in Sunday 
school attendance at Mt. Olive be- 
cause we have started back up the 
track. Our average attendance in- 
creased from 55 in 1984 to 97 in 
1990. 

Why did this happen? 

DESIRE 

We desire to grow. Sunday 
school teachers and class members 
are actively seeking new members. 
Evidence of this desire includes: 

1. Follow-up cards are sent and 
calls and visits are made to 
visitors. 



2. Graphs and charts of pre- 
dicted growth have been present- 
ed, and these have convinced many 
of the need to plan for our future 
needs. 

3. The budget has been in- 
creased for expenditures in Chris- 
tian education in order to provide 
the materials needed. 

4. Visitors to our Sunday school 
are surrounded by people who in- 
vite them to join their classes. One 
key to our growth has certainly 
been a desire to grow. 

DEVELOPMENT 

Desire plus action equals 

development. New Sunday school 

classes have been developed to 

(continued on page 1 1) 




The Mt. Olive Church's Pioneer Club, started in 1987, has grown to an average 
attendance of 50 children. 




Short-Term Ministry Teams 



PARK STREET Brethren 
Church has offered short-term 
ministry teams for several sum- 
mers. The first teams were organ- 
ized under the leadership of Dr. 
Mike Gleason, while he served the 
church as pastor of evangelism 
and discipleship. Individual in- 
volvement has increased each year 
since the teams were first offered. 
Tim and Jan Eagle, missionary 
candidates from the church, have 
participated on teams from Park 
Street to El Paso, Texa^Juarez, 
Mexico, the past two summers. 
Tim also serves on the Leadership 
Development Commission and 
chairs its short-term ministries 
task force. We interviewed them 
about this outreach ministry. 

Evangelist: Tell us about 
short-term ministry teams. 

Tim & Jan: The purpose of these 
teams is to give people an oppor- 
tunity to use their hands and their 
gifts and abilities as witness for 
Jesus Christ. A short-term minis- 
try may be through a cross-cultural 
mission or here at home. It may 
involve sharing your faith as well 
as hands-on work. It is a practical 
opportunity to show your faith. 

It can be any kind of outreach for 
a short period of time, anywhere 
from a week to months to maybe a 
year. Our teams at Park Street 
have served one or two weeks at a 
time. Missions is one aspect of 
ministry. That's the primary focus 
we have at Park Street. 

Evangelist: Are short-term 
ministry teams only for young 
people? 

Tim: No, we've had people in- 
volved from older high school age 
and up to retirement age — and 

10 



even some elementary-age chil- 
dren who went with their families. 

Evangelist: In "what types of 
work Avere you involved? 

Tim & Jan: It was an introduc- 
tory type of outreach work — we 
helped out with evangelistic serv- 
ices in a park in Juarez, Mexico; 
we did street witnessing; gave tes- 
timonies; worked in a soup kitch- 
en; and laid a cem.ent basketball 
court for an orphanage. What we 
did was a combination of evangel- 
ism/outreach and labor. 

Evangelist: Is there any type 
of special training required? 

Tim & Jan: The amount and 
type of training is up to the church 
sending out the team. Our team 
met together regularly beforehand 
for study of God's word and to 
learn a little Spanish. Also, Youth 
with a Mission sent us information 
we needed to know about the cul- 
ture and about their organization 
so we knew better what to expect. 

Evangelist: What else can you 
do to be prepared? 

Tim & Jan: Pray! And draw on 
the mission organization you'll be 
working with. It also is important 
to be willing to be flexible and 
open to do whatever they ask you 
to do. 

Evangelist: We've talked 
about your experience in a 
cross-cultural setting. What 
other tjrpes of teams has Park 
Street offered? 

Tim & Jan: The church's first 
trips were to the Appalachian 
Mountains, working with families 
in repairing and building homes in 
Tennessee. Nearly every year we 



An interview with Tim and Jan Eagle 

have one or two work trips to the 
Riverside Christian Training 
School in Lost Creek, Kentucky. 



Evangelist: What teams is 
Park Street offering this sum- 
mer? 

Tim & Jan: There will again be 
a trip offered to Mexico, this time 
to the northern mountains in an 
outreach to the Tara-muhara In- 
dians. YWAM has started a medi- 
cal outreach that they hope will 




Tim and Jan Eagle. Tim is a senior at 
Ashland Theological Seminary and will 
graduate in 1992. Jan, an Ashland Univer- 
sity graduate, is taking courses in Christian 
education and missiology at the seminary. 

lead into an evangelistic ministry 
as well. In addition, there will be 
one or two trips to Riverside and 
the possibility of working with a 
mission to inner-city Cleveland. 
And some will also work with the 
Brethren Construction Fellowship 
in building the new sanctuary for 
the Garber Brethren Church here 
in Ashland. 

Evangelist: You had made a 
commitment to missionary 

The Brethren Evangelist 



service prior to your involve- 
ment in a short-term ministry 
team. What impact has this in- 
volvement had on your call to 
missions? 

Tim: It has been a way for me to 
see what is happening on the mis- 
sion field and it reinforced in me 
the call that God had placed on my 
life. This was the first time I had 
come face-to-face with abject 
poverty — poverty greater than 
anything we have in this country. 
It broke my heart. God worked in 
others on the team in breaking 
down prejudices and helped all of 
us see how He is working. For me 
it said there are so many needs 
from around the world of which we 
are unaware. We need to be out 
there "showing our faith." 

Jan: I cannot point to one time 
when I felt a call that said, "Jan, 
you are going to go and do this." It 
has been more, "Okay, Lord, 
wherever you lead, we'll go." Work- 
ing with missionaries has shown 
me the faith they live by. It was 
such an example for me. And 
seeing the work, especially among 
the children, placed a deeper bur- 
den on me. 

Evangelist: What other effects 
have you observed? 

Tim: God uses short-term minis- 



tries to work in the lives of people 
who may be considering ministry. 
I remember in particular two high 
school boys who were with us — 
they will be impacted for the rest 
of their lives because of what they 
saw God doing. Short-term minis- 
try teams is one of many avenues 
God can use to call out people to 
ministry. 

Also, I've seen how people in our 
church have been impacted. 
Giving for our short-term ministry 
teams has increased tremendously 
because of our outreach in mis- 
sions. There has been increased 
congregational support for 
Brethren missions as well — a 
renewed sense of the work that we 
as Christians need to be doing in 
our world, making ourselves more 
aware of the needs. It is giving us 
the sense that God wants us to 
touch the world for Christ. 

Jan: I think prayer support for 
the short-term ministry teanis has 
spread also to our missionaries in 
general. 

Evangelist: What is the Lead- 
ership Development Commis- 
sion's desire regarding short- 
term ministries? 

Tim: We want to help other 
churches develop these programs, 
so we've targeted four churches in 
different districts to model this 



concept. We have gotten permis- 
sion from those pastors to contact 
lay people, because this really is a 
lay movement. Also, I have written 
a handbook that I developed 
through field studies at the semi- 
nary on developing short-term 
ministries in the local church that 
we hope to make available through 
the National Office to all churches 
interested in starting such minis- 
tries. 

Evangelist: What opportuni- 
ties are available to the person 
^vhose church does not yet have 
such a program? 

Tim & Jan: Park Street's 
programs are open to people from 
other churches. Anyone interested 
may contact our associate pastor. 
Randy Saultz. But they should 
make the contact soon if interested 
in participating this summer. [f] 

Churches interested in learning more 
about forming their own short-term 
ministry teams may contact Tim Eagle 
(as representative of the Leadership 
Development Commission's Short-term 
Ministry Task Force) through The 
Brethren Church National Office. In- 
dividuals interested in participating in 
ministry teams offered by Park Street 
Church this summer should immedi- 
ately contact Associate Pastor Randy 
Saultz, 619 Park St., Ashland, OH 
44805 (phone 419-289-0224). 



Back Up the Track. 

(continued from page 9) 
meet rising needs, such as the 
young married age-group. Wel- 
come classes have been held 
during the Sunday school hour to 
encourage Sunday school attend- 
ance as well as church member- 
ship. Activities outside of the 
classroom have been held to fur- 
ther develop personal relation- 
ships. These activities have 
attracted new people who were 
looking for something fresh and 
exciting. 

New classrooms have been con- 
structed. A Christian education 
unit was completed and dedicated 
in 1983. It provides modem, com- 
fortable, and attractive rooms for 
six classes. It was equipped with 
air conditioning for the hot sum- 
mer months and two rest rooms. 
Two additional rooms were com- 



pleted in the basement in 1990. 

Our growth in attendance and 
the expansion of our facilities have 
opened the door to the develop- 
ment of a new youth program. The 
Pioneer Club was started in 1987 
and has grown to an average at- 
tendance of fifty children. A strong 
core of committed leaders has 
helped to make this possible. 

DEDICATION 

The second you stop swimming, 
you begin to sink. The minute you 
take your hands off the wheel, 
your car begins to swerve. The 
moment you decide your Sunday 
school is large enough, it begins to 
dwindle. Every year some people 
move away, lose their health, 
transfer their membership, lose in- 
terest, or die. If you don't bring in 
new people, the empty seats ap- 
pear in a hurry. 

We have a group of teachers and 



class members who are dedicated 
to growth. Our Board of Christian 
Education meets bimonthly to dis- 
cuss our progress and tackle our 
problems. Two fairly recent actions 
of this group reflect its dedication 
to action and to quality program- 
ming: 

1. A teacher training workshop 
is now provided each spring and 
fall on a Saturday to bring fresh 
ideas to our teachers. 

2. New teachers are recruited to 
give other teachers a break and 
time to recharge their enthusiasm. 

We have one member who has 
attended Sunday school for 27 
years without missing a Sunday. 
That's dedication. And DEDICA- 
TION + DEVELOPMENT + 
DESIRE have meant a trip back 
up the track. It is our hope, prayer 
— and intent — that our climb 
back up will last for years and 
years. [f] 



May 1991 



11 



Preparing 



The Crusader Program 




Young People 
For Ministry 



THE BRETHREN 
Church's Crusader 
Program is one avenue 
to help Brethren youth 
consider God's call to voca- 
tional ministry, according to 
Deb Ritchey and Ron Waters. 

There is a growing sense in 
America of the need to promote 
volunteerism. A national cam- 
paign to "Give 5" — five percent 
of income and five hours a week 
in community volunteer service 
— has helped many people, in- 
cluding young people, gain a 
sense of perspective and service 
toward other people. 

In the church, of course, volun- 
teerism is more than an oppor- 
tunity to "do something for 
somebody in need" or to get a 
"good feeling" from helping 
others. Our service is one of min- 
istry in the name of our Master 
who said, "As you've done it to 
one of the least of these, you've 
done it to me." 

Volunteerism for Brethren 
young people has another added 
advantage. It helps them sense 



whether God may be call- 
ing them into vocational 
ministry (into some 
kind of Christian ser- 
vice as their life 
work); and if so, 
what type 
of ministry 
he may be 
calling them to. 
The local 

church is the 
place to begin 
^ discovery of 
God's calling. 
Local church opportunities 
that may help a young per- 
son first experience Chris- 
tian service include as- 
sisting in Sunday school or 
teaching vacation Bible 
school, serving as worship 
leader, working with the 
hospitality committee, visiting 
shut-ins, putting address labels 
on the newsletter, playing the 
piano in a worship service — the 
list goes on. 

As a young person senses a 
growing interest in vocational 
ministry, the Crusader program 
offers a "next step" in considering 
God's call. A part of the purpose 
of each aspect of the Crusader 
program is to help participants 
discern God's call to ministry. 

District Crusaders 

The District Crusader Pro- 
gram is a very short-term minis- 
try opportunity in which high 
school students, age 15 (who have 
completed their sophomore year 
in high school) through 18, serve 
in local churches or a camp in 
their district. Usually two weeks 



of service are recommended. The 
team of 4—5 members would help 
with vacation Bible school — 
serving as helpers in specific 
classes, participating as song 
leaders, and so forth; or working 
with elementary/junior age chil- 
dren at camp. An adult district 
coordinator is chosen to oversee 
the group for the sunmier as well 
as in preparation and training. 

District Crusader teams are 
not available in every district. 
The Brethren Church National 
Office is working with district 
boards of Christian education to 
expand the number of oppor- 
tunities available to high school 
age youth. 

Summer Crusaders 

Summer Crusader teams 

offer a next step, moving the 
young person farther from home 
and into expanding roles of re- 
sponsibilities. Youth age 18 (hav- 
ing completed their senior year in 
high school before term of ser- 
vice) through age 22 are eligible 
to serve as Summer Crusaders. 
This program runs for an entire 
summer, approximately 7-9 
weeks, with a week of training 
(orientation week) starting off the 
summer and ending with the Na- 
tional BYIC Convention which is 
held the first full week in August. 

Summer Crusader teams are 
selected according to the needs 
available in churches and the 
gifts of the team members. Types 
of teams fielded in the past have 
included drama, music perfor- 
mance, music education, minis- 
try, and education. An "intro 

(continued following the Outlook pages) 



12 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Hm ^omayis Outtoole mvosidtcr 






OLpuhlication^ ^Ttkc "Brcthrcw Hi/moK's Missionaru SocCetu 




May-June 1991 



Volume 4, Number 5 



Inc "presidents ^m 



Dear Ladies, 

Oh, how we marvel at God's glorious 
revelation of Himself as we watch new 
life spring into our world after the long 
dreary winter! This is our Father's 
world, and what a privilege for us to be 
able to share in its beauty! 

I am anticipating the fellowship of 
our spring rallies. Several districts 
have contacted me regarding attend- 
ance at your individual conferences. I 
apologize that I have had to decline 
most of those invitations. Being a 
pastor's wife and a working mother of 
two boys keeps me pretty well tied to 
home. However, I do appreciate your 
offers and regret not being able to fel- 
lowship with more of you. 

As a follow-up from our last newslet- 
ter, I would ask how your groups are 
doing in evaluating what kind of 
woman's ministry your local church 
body needs? Remember, the make-up 
of our congregations has changed. Are 
we willing to change in order to meet 
the needs of a changing woman in a 
changing world? Is your WMS valu- 
able enough for others to take time to 
attend? People do have time for what 
they want to do. Examine yourself; ex- 
amine your society. 

I would never advocate change for 
change's sake, but I would encourage 
change if it would enlarge and enhance 
the work and ministry to which we are 
called as WMS members. Please con- 
tinue in prayer for this concern. 

Our spring Board meeting is rapidly 
approaching. I would ask you to pray 
for us as we make decisions and con- 
firm plans for our National Confer- 
ence. Remember, this is your group. 
The Board functions as your represent- 
atives. Let us know if you have ques- 
tions, concerns, or suggestions. Each 
one will be prayerfully considered. 

God bless each of you as together we 
work for His glory until the joyous 
return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus 
Christ. 

In His Love, 
Dee Benshoff 



A CHALLENGE TO EACH ONE 

Devotions presented at the Ohio District WMS Conference 
March 9, 1991, by Lois Oligee, president 



One of my favorite books in the 
Bible is Proverbs, the words of 
Solomion, which cover a variety of 
topics of life. They are written to in- 
dividuals; they emphasize life now, 
and stress wise and godly living. 

We can find a proverb to fit nearly 
every situation. For instance, when 
things don't go as we plan, we can 
either "give up" or "get up." 

For a just man falleth seven 
times, and riseth up again: but the 
wicked shall fall into mischief. 

Proverbs 24:16 

This verse in 21:29, "A wicked man 
puts up a bold front, but an upright 
man gives thought to his ways," makes 
me think of the war in the Mid-East. 

But what about WMS? Is there a 
proverb appropriate for us? I think so. 

Where there is no vision, the 
people perish; but he that keepeth 
the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18 

Is it due to our "tunnel vision" — 
lack of vision — that we aren't grow- 
ing? 

I suggest this list of Do and Don't: 

DONT 

1. own anything; we are caretakers, 
not owners. Do we consider our 
society ours , like an exclusive club? 

2. depend upon yourself; depend upon 
God. Allow Him to work through 
us. 

3. pass on anything that would hurt. 
God has more important work to do 
than fixing our pettiness. 

4. accept glory. It's all God's glory and 
honor, not ours. 

5. look back. This is the day the Lord 
has made (no matter what day of 
the week it is). Let us be glad and 
rejoice in it. 

6. make excuses or blame others. You 
are responsible for your own ac- 
tions. 



DO: 

1. always deal thoroughly with sin in 
your own life: jealousy, bitterness, 
gossip, hatred. 

2. evaluate your women's mission 
society. Are you doing things the 
right way? or the wrrong way? Is the 
emphasis on God and studying His 
Word or is the emphasis on each 
other and hearing each other's 
words? 

3. re-establish priorities. Move away 
from yourself and concentrate on 
Jesus and others. 

4. set godly goals. People without 
vision will perish. 

5. constantly get God's Word out 
through sharing: conversations, 
benevolent work (ministering to 
our neighbor), finances. "Inasmuch 
as you have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren, ye have 
done it unto me." Matthew 25:40 

As God's servants, we are to be 
giving to and doing missionary service. 
We are responsible with God to make 
a change in Jerusalem (myself, fami- 
ly); Judea (community), Samaria (U.S. 
— home missions), and the uttermost 
part of the earth (world missions). 




21 HONOR AMERICA DAYS 

Beginning with June 14 and con- 
cluding with July 4, Americans are 
made aware of Flag Day, Father's Day, 
Free Enterprise Day, and Inde- 
pendence Day — 21 days in which we 
proudly recognize the values of our 
country and honor them. 

Be thankful for our American 
values, teach them, and practice them. 




HERE'S AN IDEA! 



The Garber society sent Valentine 
cards to the chaplains serving in the 
military. These are special people; 
they are pastors and counselors to 
thousands on a military base, while 
being husbands and dads. We ap- 
preciate them! As many pastors' wives 
are involved in the church ministry, so 
are these chaplains' wives: in Bible 
studies and support groups for the 
families whose husbands are sent 
overseas. 

So others may remember them, I am 
including their addresses: 

Chaplain and Mrs. Kenneth (Donna) 

Madison 
5759 A Allison Avenue 
Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121 

Chaplain and Mrs. Daniel (Ann) 

DeVeny 
114 Mills Circle 
Fort Huachuca, Arizona 85613 

Chaplain and Mrs. Joseph (Sara) 

Hanna 
1755-A Van Nostrand Drive 
San Antonio, TX 78226-1815 

From Canton, Arlene Heist sent this 
good idea: 

On March 20, the Sr. WMS of Trin- 
ity Brethren Church held their annual 
Guest Night. Seventy-five people at- 
tended, including 12 from Smiithville, 
10 from First Brethren in Louisville, 
and 8 from North Georgetown. 

Deborah, the prophetess and only 
woman judge of Israel, was dramati- 
cally and beautifully portrayed 
through monologue and music by Kate 
Schenck of Orrville, Ohio. 

In a day when women were given 
little place in leadership, Deborah 
became a judge for her people. As a 
compassionate leader, she did not turn 
a deaf ear to the needs of her people. 
In a day when everyone did "that 
which was right in their own eyes," she 
remained faithful to God. 

Everyone who attended was richly 
blessed, and enjoyed Christian fellow- 
ship in the social hall after the pro- 
gram. 

Ceirol Mellinger reported what the 
Meadow Crest Society in Fort Wayne 
did for the Riverside Christian School 
last Christmas. They wanted to do 
something special for the staff and 
teachers, so they called to ask how 
many were on the staff and the num- 



ber in each family, as well as what 
stores were in the area and where they 
would shop. 

For several weeks after Thanksgiv- 
ing they collected money from their 
church families and added to the 
amount from their WMS treasury. 
Then they purchased gift certificates 
for each family at their local Wal- 
Mart. 

The gift certificates were sent in 
plenty of time, so the staff could do 
their shopping before Christmas. Each 
family received an amount according 
to the number in their family. 

In return, the Society received many 
letters and notes of thanks. All the 
staff members were so very apprecia- 
tive. It was nice to know they could 
shop for items they really needed and 
wanted. 

The Meadow Crest ladies are plan- 
ning to do the same thing this year, 
only they are collecting money all year. 
Families are collecting their change in 
coffee cans to bring to the church in 
the fall. Their goal is to send each 
family an even larger gift certificate 
this Christmas. 

These ladies also support an orphan 
in India. Others may contact the Mis- 
sionary Board (524 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio 44805) for this informa- 
tion. 

And from Warsaw, Esther Mohler 
wrote: At the April meeting, the leader 
urged the members to show more con- 
cern each day for someone who had 
different needs. She distributed a page 
from the April calendar and a package 
of gold stars to each lady. Each day 
that she made a call, either by tele- 
phone or in person, or did something 
special for someone else, she could put 
a gold star on that day. Days when she 
did not do anything were to be colored 
black! The calendar page is to be re- 
turned at the May meeting. 

What a good reminder to think of 
others more than ourselves! 



Happy Gram 



u 




fk 'Memoriarn 

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the 
death of his saints" Psalm 116:15 

Beulah Lowman, 87, went to be with 
the Lord March 1, 1991. She was a 
faithful member of the Hagerstown 
First Brethren Church for 75 years. 
She was active in the WMS since 1948, 
serving as vice president and on dif- 
ferent conunittees. She taught in the 
children's and adult departments of 
the Sunday School. 

Willodean Bennett, treasurer of the 
Warsaw WMS, went to be with her 
Saviour recently. This tribute is by 
Princess Frush, president in Weirsaw. 

"Many years ago we heard people 
speak of gentle women. We do not hear 
this word used very often now, but we 
feel that this is a very good description 
of Willodean. She was never one to 
push herself to the front in any way, 
but was always ready to help anytime 
she could. Willodean was a quiet per- 
son with a ready smile and a kind 
word for all. It was a bright spot in any 
day to meet her and hear her cheery 
greeting. Her understanding heart and 
gentle ways made countless friends, 
and only her Lord knows how many 
lives she may have touched in her stay 
on earth. We know she has attained 
the goal that we are all striving for, 
and this is our consolation." 

We know she greeted her Saviour 

With her usual cheery smile 

When He held out His hand to help 

her 
Over that last dreary mile. 

It will seem so long to be waiting 
Till we go to be with her there. 
But that same loving smile will 

greet us 
As we enter that land so fair. 



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Save your birthday cards for 
Michael Stone, son of Home Mission 
Pastor David Stone in Bloomingdale, 
Florida. Michael's birthday is Septem- 
ber 15, not May 15 as listed on the 
missionary calendar. 

Heidi Winter has a new address: 

2700 Hearst Avenue 

Berkeley, California 94720-0001 

The Frederick, Maryland, Brethren 
Church, where Charlie Beekley is pas- 
tor, changed its name to Mountain 
View Brethren Church. This church 
held its first worship service on Palm 
Sunday with approximately 50 people 
attending. Praise the Lord! 

The Brethren Church of Medina, 
pastored by Terry Colley, held their 
Celebration Sunday on Palm Sunday, 
following their very successful Phone's 
for You Campaign. Approximately 50 
attended. Praise the Lord again! 

Prasanth and Nirmala Kumar will 
be in the US in July and August. 
Prasanth will be the Missionary Board 
banquet speaker at General Con- 
ference in August. 

Allen Baer will be on furlough also 
this year in the U.S. 

Tim and Janet Solomon will be com- 
pleting their service in Colombia and 
will be returning to the United States 
later this year. Pray for God's guidance 
for them. 

The Missionaries of May are Juan 
and Elida Beatriz Anzulovich in 
Paraguay. The nickname for Mrs. An- 
zulovich is Cookie; doesn't that sound 
friendly? This is the family sent by the 
Argentine church into a foreign 
country to plant a Brethren Church. 
The Lord has blessed their efforts. In 
addition to the home congregation, 
they have several outreach ministries, 
too. You remember the national 
project is funds for chvirch extension in 
the mission fields of Argentina and 
Paraguay. Here is where your offer- 
ings will be used. The three An- 
zulovich children are Andrea, Martin, 
and Ruth. 

Ray and Marilyn Aspinall are the 
June Missionaries of the Month. They 
are the senior missionaries in Argen- 
tina, but plan to retire when this term 
concludes. We are thankful for their 
dedicated lives and pray for God's 
guidance for them, too. 

For all of our missionaries, ask God's 
continued care as they travel, wisdom 
in making decisions, tact and under- 
standing in working with the nationals 

May^une 1991 



and the government, good health, and 
help with daily, physical problems; for 
instance, the economy. More workers 
are needed in every field, especially to 
teach the nationals. Prayers and per- 
sonnel are two vital ingredients of a 
strong missionary program. 

"l^istrict goings 

The Ohio district conference met 
in the Ashland Park Street Church 
March 9. The auxiliary meetings are 
part of the afternoon schedule. 

Following the devotions by Lois 
Oligee, which are presented on page 1 
of this newsletter. Dee Benshoff, the 
national president, brought greetings. 
She requested prayers for herself and 
for the Board, as they make plans for 
Conference. 

The president announced the three 
recipients of the Marge Fund for this 
year: 

Michelle Geaslen (Fremont), Vanes- 
sa and Geneva Obvim (Pleasant Hill). 
The Ohio WMS sponsors the Marge 
Fund, which was established several 
years ago in memory of Margery 
Whitted. This scholarship is for Ohio 
Brethren women who attend Ashland 
University. 

New officers were elected for a two- 
year term^: Alberta Holsinger, presi- 
dent; Wanda Powell, vice president; 
Susie Black, secretary-treasurer; and 
Joanne Kroft, assistant secretary- 
treasurer. The project for next year 
will be funds for the improvements at 
Camp Bethany. 




God must get a lot of satisfaction 
when He sees people responding to His 
direction. For instance. 

It was Friday evening. Nancy was 
home, the three children were in bed. 
Her husband was still in Saudi Arabia; 
she wanted to talk with someone, but 
her peers were waiting also for their 
husbands to return, so they wouldn't 
be very encouraging. And her phone 
bill was already high, weekly phone 
calls to SA caused that, so she didn't 
want to initiate a call. So Nancy did 
what she has done all her life — she 
prayed. She asked God to direct a 
phone call to her. 

Nearly 1,000 miles away, Joyce was 




GENERAL CONFERENCE 

OF 
BRETHREN CHURCHES 

August 5-9, 1991 
Ashland, Ohio 

Woman's Missionary Society 

Theme: Faith by Works 

Tuesday, August 6 

1 :30 - 2:30 Workshop 
"Teamwork, God's Plan 

for Believers" 
Paul and Nellie Pickard 

2:45 - 4:45 WMS Session 

Wednesday, August 7 

12:00 - Luncheon 
Speaker - Nellie Pickard 

Thursday, August 8 

2:45 - 4:45 WMS Session 

President — Dee Benshoff 

Vice President and Program 
Chairman — Helen Dickson 



home. Her daughter was in bed, and 
her husband was at the church for a 
monthly planning meeting. Joyce had 
noted the announcement that phone 
calls on AT&T were cheap that 
weekend. Always a bargain-hunter, 
how could she use that bargain? Whom 
could she call? 

"Nancy!" God's voice spoke. 

The sisters visited nearly two hours 
— laughing, crying, mai^eling at the 
events that fell into place: Jeff in 
Saudi Arabia, Phil at the church, 
cheap phone calls, one in need, one 
who answered. 

God had completed another miracle. 



LOOK! 



See this: 




The WMS year is nearly over, but 
there is time to check progress on your 
commitments. For your personal, 
spiritual growth, remember your daily 
devotions. And try to read more than 
the suggested two reading circle books. 
They are outstanding. Concentrate on 
visitors and prospective members. 



Look at the balances in your special 
offerings, too. The thank-offering is 
distributed to Campus Ministry, River- 
side Christian School, and the WMS 
Scholarship at Ashland University; the 
Public Service offering helps to under- 
write the dean's chair at the seminary; 
the dues are used for publications and 
other expenses. 



Your gifts and offerings make a dif- 
ference in the women's missionary 
work around the world. Because of 
you, the Missionary Board, Riverside, 
Ashland University and Seminary 
have been able to continue and to ex- 
pand their ministries. 




Ik lEditor's BidtM 

Dear Friend, 

Several times I have used this 
column for my so-called soap box, for 
special appeals or considerations. Most 
recently, I recruited the national 
prayer guard for those serving in the 
military in the Persian Gulf. The war 
is over! 

We continue to thank God for bring- 
ing the war to a rapid conclusion with 
a low number of casualties, for giving 
wisdom to the military leaders, for 
proper weather conditions which 
benefited maneuvers, for the stamina 
of our armed forces, for the caring of 
our troops for the enemy, for the 
bravery and courage of the families 
who were at home, and for the united 
support of the country. In Ashland yel- 
low bows blossomed on telephone poles 
and fences, flags flew from traditional 
poles and dormitory windows. (On 
some very cold nights, the flags froze 
and didn't fly very well the next morn- 
ing; that was funny to see.) To 
everyone, we express our gratitude, 
but especially to God. 

Here I have requested soup labels 
for Lost Creek, religious greeting card 
fronts for St. Jude and Brethren Care. 
Now I want to recruit you to be a LOG. 

In our house we have a wood-burn- 
ing fireplace. We also have electric 
baseboard heaters, but we enjoy the 
fire. However, one load of wood which 
was delivered this winter was not good 
firewood. It was dead! Those logs 
didn't bum; they didn't do anything, 
but last too long! 



In inviting you to be a LOG, I am 
not suggesting this kind of dead wood; 
rather, one who knows and shows the 
Love of God. 

At the spring chapel service on cam- 
pus, Cody Risien, former linesman 
with the Cleveland Browns football 
team, described to the students some 
of the pressures of being a pro football 
player. And yet, Cody didn't allow that 
stress, high finance, nor public status 
to alter his love of God. He quoted 
the Scripture beginning in Romans 
8:35: "Who shall separate us from the 
love of Christ? . . . Nay, in all these 
things we are more than conquerors 
through Him that loved us." These 
things Paul refers to are death, life, 
angels, principalities (demons), 
powers, the present, the future, height, 
depth, nor any other creatiire (nothing 
in creation) "shall be able to separate 
us from the love of God, which is in 
Christ Jesus our Lord." 

The attentive students and faculty 
appreciated Cody's talk. He stressed 
remaining true and faithful to God, 
lest we be pulled away from the love 
of God. 

My book this month has been Corin- 
thians, Paul's first letter to the church 
of God at Corinth. Paul knew the 
church body and loved them. But .... 

Paul used phrases such as "it has 
been declared unto me of you," "it is 
reported commonly that . . .", "now, 
concerning the things you wrote unto 
me," to address their responsibilities, 
divisions among themselves and in the 
church over idols, envying, strife, for- 



nication, adultery, circumcision, 
heresies, spiritual gifts, materialism, 
and self-centeredness. And then Paul's 
final appeal is: even if you have a 
spiritual gift of tongues, prophecy, or 
generosity, or are a mart3Tr — if you 
have these things, but have not love, 
you are nothing, a zero. 

Paul admonished that church to for- 
get showing off themselves and show 
the love of God — be a LOG. Paul's 
letter is fitting today for you maybe; 
certainly for me. 

Knowing and showing the LOG 
presents opportunities and respon- 
sibilities. With LOG are Loyalty, 
Lowliness, Long-suffering, Laughter, 
Liberty, Law (natural, constitutional, 
moral, and spiritual), and the wonder- 
ful joy of Living the love of God. 

I heard someone say the sunshine in 
my soul is the love of God. That's 
good to remember on cloudy days 
when the sun is hiding, and on sunny 
days to see if it matches the interior 
Son. 

So, ladies, be a LOG, a live person — 
not a dead one — practicing the love 
of God. Begin each day by asking the 
Lord to help you be a LOG in your 
family as an individual, a spouse 
and/or a parent, and on the job. Don't 
let anything separate you from the 
LOG. 

Your friend, 

\j Joan 

Woman's Outlook Newsletter 




The Crusader Program 

The local church, the District Crusader Program, 
Summer Crusader teams, and the Crusader Intern 
experience offer Brethren young people various 
levels of opportunity to test their gifts and abil- 
ities as they consider God's call to vocational 
ministry. 



weekend" is also held in the early 
spring. There team members 
gather in Ashland to receive their 
summer assignments as well as 
meet their team members. The 
team experience takes the young 
person out of the home environ- 
ment, offering opportunity to 



learn interpersonal relations 
with other team members and 
mutual support. 

Crusader Interns 

Crusader Interns are persons 
age 20 and up who are seriously 
considering vocational ministry 
(pastoral, youth. Christian 
Education, missions). Generally, 
individuals are selected to work 
in one church for the entire sum- 
mer where they will hone their 



gifts and abilities under the su- 
pervision of a qualified and 
caring pastor. Interns experience 
on a daily basis what Christian 
ministry is all about. 

Applications for each of these 
programs are available in the fall 
or early winter. Pastors and other 
church members are urged to en- 
courage young people with gifts 
for ministry to request appli- 
cation forms for 1992 when they 
are offered later this year. [f] 



Deb Ritchey Named 
Youth Ministry Coordinator 

Debra Ritchey has been named Youth Minis- 
try Coordinator for the Brethren Church Nation- 
al Office according to Ronald W. Waters, 
Director of Brethren Church Ministries (DBCM). 

Deb had previously worked for the Board of 
Christian Education as administrative assistant 
and came to The Brethren 
Church with the merger in 
1990. 

Working with youth is not a 
new responsibility for Deb. She 
has participated in youth min- 
istry on the local, district, and 
national levels. Her new title 
and accompanying job descrip- 
tion allow her to focus more 
time and attention in this 
area. 

Deb now has major respon- 
sibility to oversee National 
Brethren Youth in Christ 
(BYIC) and the Crusader Pro- 
gram. She also works closely 
with the Leadership Develop- 
ment Commission in the Life 
Work Recruit program. She 
will continue to offer some ad- 
ministrative support to the 
Director of Brethren Church 



Ministries and will work under 
his general supervision. 

Concerning Deb's appoint- 
ment, DBCM Ron Waters said, 
"This is an excellent opportunity for The 
Brethren Church to be able to place all youth 
ministry under the leadership of someone with 
Deb's capabilities and concern for youth. I en- 
courage churches to look to her for assistance in 
their local youth ministries." 





« 



^iLd' 




Deb Ritchey talks over the layout for an issue o/ Morning Star, the Brethren Youth 
magazine, with editor John Howenstine. 



May 1991 



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The Crusader Program 

Introducing the 1991 Summer 
Crusaders and Crusader Interns 

The 1991 Suminer Crusaders and Crusader Interns have been chosen 
and are preparing now for their summer of ministry. The Brethren 
Church National Office is happy to offer this brief introduction. 



Summer Crusaders 

The Crusaders participated in 
an introduction weekend April 5— 
7 in Ashland. Debra Ritchey, 
Youth Ministry Coordinator for 
The Brethren Church, directed 
the weekend. She was assisted by 
Bible study leader Randy Saultz, 
team coach Jan Eagle, Director of 
Brethren Church Ministries Ron 
Waters, and Crusader interns 
Kim Wagoner, Brent Grimm, and 
Paul Sluss. 

During the weekend, team 
members received preparation as- 
signments, selected team names 
and scripture verses, and met 
other members of their teams. 

Two teams of Summer Crusad- 
ers will serve in churches, district 
conferences, and camps in six dis- 
tricts this summer. 

Predestined 

Predestined is an educational 
and camp team that will minister 
in churches and camps 
Ohio, Pennsyl- 
vania, and South- 
eastern districts. 
Team captain is 
Karen Robins, a 
third-year Cru- 
sader from the 
Tucson, Arizona, 
First Brethren 
Church. Second- 
year Crusaders 
serving on the 
team are Char- 
lene Evans (Lath- 
rop, California) 
and Annalee 

Hoover (North 
Georgetown, 
Ohio). Gretta 
Gross, a first-year 



the 



Crusader from Warsaw, Indiana, 
is the fourth member of the team. 
The team will work two weeks 
in a variety of roles in senior high 
camp in the Pennsylvania and 
Southeastern districts. During 
their remaining five weeks they 
will assist local churches in con- 
ducting vacation Bible schools. In 
additional to more traditional 
VBS material, the team will use 



Captain 
Eric Barger- 
huff(c.) 
with Seek- 
ers of His 
Heart team 
members (I. 
to r.) Kelly 
Kroft, Stacy 
Oligee, 
Becki Ful- 
mer, and 
Troy Cum- 
mins. (Team 
member 
Sarah 
Hollewell 
not shown.) 



the "McGee and Me" video study 
materials in some churches. The 
"McGee and Me" series combines 
catchy cartoon videos with re- 
lated learning activities to teach 
children Christian values. 

Seekers of His Heart 

Seekers of His Heart is a 

music and education team that 
will serve in the Midwest, 

TOP* 





Predestined captain Karen Robins (c.) with team members (I. 
to r.) Annalee Hoover, Gretta Gross, and Charlene Evans. 



Central, Indiana, and Ohio dis- 
tricts. Eric Bargerhuff, team cap- 
tain, is a fourth-year Crusader 
from the Mexico, Indiana, First 
Brethren Church. Other mem- 
bers include third-year Crusader 
Kelly Kroft (Garber, Ashland, 
Ohio); second-year Crusader 
Stacy Oligee (West Alexandria, 
Ohio); and first-year members 
Troy Cummins (Bryan, Ohio); 
Becki Fulmer (Mishawaka, In- 
diana) and Sarah Hollewell 
(Lanark, Illinois). 

The team's ministry will have 
two phases. First, they will train 
adults and youth in a short 
musical entitled Let Them Know. 
The musical has an outreach and 
missions theme and will be 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



The Crusader Program 



presented as part of a family wor- 
ship service later in the week. In- 
dividuals from area churches will 
be invited to join those from the 
host church to take peirt in this 
musical training prograim. 

Second, in most churches they 
will use the "McGee and Me" 
video series to work with children 
on three days during the week. 

The team will also be prepared 
to work in some areas of youth 
m.inistry as well. 

Crusader Interns 

Five young people will be serv- 
ing as Crusader Interns this sum- 



Kurt Stout, a fourth-year 
Crusader from Burlington, Indi- 
ana, will 
be serving 
the Jef- 
ferson 
Brethren 
Church 
ne£ir Gosh- 
en, Indi- 
ana, as a 
pastoral 
intern. 
Kurt is a 
student at Taylor University 
preparing for pastoral ministry. 

The North Manchester, Indi- 
ana, First Brethren Church will 
provide an 
internship 
for Brent 
Grimm. 
Brent is 
a fourth - 
year Cru- 
sader from 
the Mil- 
ford, Indi- 
ana, First 
Brethren 
Church, and will be involved in 
pastoral and youth work. He is 
an elementary education major at 
Ashland University. 



Sherry Bowling will serve her 
second summer as an intern in 
the South- 
west Dis- 
trict. She 
is a sec- 
ond-year 
intern 
from the 
Oak Hill, 
West Vir- 
ginia, First 
Brethren 
Church, 

and a religion major at Ashland 
University. 




Paul Sluss, a 




third-year 
Crusader, 
will serve 
the West 
Alexandria, 
Ohio, 
Fu-st 
Brethren 
Church. 
Paul is 
from the 
Roanoke, 
Indiana, 




Crusader Support 



During the month of May, 
local Brethren churches are en- 
couraged to receive an offering 
for the 1991 Crusader Program. 

Each summer it costs ap- 
proximately $30,000 to field 
Crusader teams. Funds are 
used for small Crusader 
honoraria, travel expenses, 
training, materials, and ad- 
ministrative expenses. 

Your gift through your local 
church or directly to The Breth- 
ren Church is most appreciated 
and assures the ongoing minis- 
try of the Crusader Program. 

Thank you in advance for 
your generous gift. 

— Ronald IV. Waters, Director 
Brethren Church Ministries 



Prayer Warriors 
Still Welcome! 

Though April 15 was the 
deadline for churches to sub- 
mit Crusader Prayer Warrior 
lists, you may still sign up to 
serve. 

Crusader Prayer Warriors 
are individuals who agree to 
pray daily throughout the sum- 
mer for one Summer Crusader 
or Crusader Intern. After sign- 
ing on as a Prayer Warrior, an 
individual will receive from the 
National Office the name of 
one youth to pray for. A pic- 
ture, background information, 
and an itinerary will be sent. 
Prayer Warriors also receive 
updated reports on all 
Crusaders during the summer. 

If you did not previously sign 
up for 1991, send your name 
and address to: 

Crusader Prayer Warriors 

The Brethren Church, Inc. 

524 College Ave. 

Ashland, OH 44805 



First Brethren Church and is a 
student at Ashland University. 

Kimberly Wagoner, from the 
Elkhart, Indiana, First Brethren 
Church, will work as a Denom- 
inational 
Office In- 
tern at The 
Brethren 
Church 
National 
Office in 
Ashland. 
Kim has 
had five 
years ex- 
perience in 
the Crusader program. She is an 
elementary education major at 
Ashland University. [f] 




May 1991 



15 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 




Jefferson Brethren Church Dedicates 
New Educational Facilities on April 21 



Goshen, Ind. — The Jefferson 
Brethren Church, located three miles 
north of Goshen on State Route 15, 
held a dedication service on Sunday, 
April 21, for its new educational 
facilities. 

Two special services were held 
during the morning — a service of 
celebration and a service of dedica- 
tion. These were followed by a fellow- 
ship meal and an open house in the 
afternoon. Attendance for the morn- 
ing services was approximately 350. 
Dr. Richard Allison, founding pas- 
tor of the congregation, presented the 

dedication 
message 
during the 
service of 
celebra- 
tion. Dr. 
Allison, 
who is cur- 
rently pro- 
fessor of 
Christian 
education 
at Ashland 
Theologi- 
cal Semi- 
nary, used 
Dr. Richard Allison ^^^ ^j^^^^ 

passage for the day, Isaiah 2:2-3, as 
the text for his message, in which he 
celebrated the strengths of the con- 
gregation. 

During the service of dedication. 
Dr. Mary Ellen Drushal, professor of 
Christian education and church ad- 
ministration at the sem^inary, issued 
the congregation a challenge for the 
future. She recently led the congrega- 
tion in a long-range planning process. 
She congratulated the church on com- 
pleting its building, but she chal- 
lenged them to also pursue the task of 
staffing for growth. 

The services were led by Pastor 

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Kerry Scott. Also participating were 
Associate Pastor Brian Karchner; 
former pastor Dr. Jack Oxenrider; 
Laura Berkey and Jim Looker, chair- 
persons respectively for the Children 
and Youth Ministry and for the Adult 
Education Ministry; and Director of 
Brethren Church Ministries Ronald 
W. Waters. 

Special music was presented by the 
choir under the direction of Mrs. 
Caryl Wogoman; and by Kurt Stout, 
who will serve the church as a Cru- 
sader Intern this summer. 

During the service of dedication, 
remarks were presented by past 
moderator Gary Whirledge; present 
moderator and Building Conunittee 
chairman Bruce Kurtz; Finance Com- 
mittee chairman Ray Yoder; and Bob 
Schrock, representing D-J Construc- 
tion, the general contractor. Each 
man was also presented a memento of 
appreciation for his work. 

The new facility is a two-story 
structure built parallel to the sanc- 
tuary and connected to the sanctuary 
by a previously existing unit contain- 
ing staff offices. It is approximately 
12,000 square feet in size. 

The low- 
er level of 
the new 
building 
houses 
eight chil- 
d r e n ' s 
class- 
rooms, a 
large 
children's 
activity 
center, a 
kitchen- 
ette, a 
mechani- 
cal/storage 
room, and 



restrooms. The upper level contains 
nine adult classrooms, an adult 
resource room, a library/narthex 
area, a nursery, a room for toddlers, 
and rest rooms. In addition to two sets 
of stairs from one level to the other, a 




Jim Looker, chair of the Adult Education 
Ministry, and Laura Berkey, chair of the 
Children and Youth Ministry, led the Jefferson 
congregation in the "litany of dedication for 
the people. " 

chair-lift (like a small elevator) was 
installed for those unable to use the 
stairs. 

Total cost of the new facility, plus 
remodeling of the staff unit, was ap- 
proximately $450,000. 

The new building replaces (and en- 
larges upon) three movable modular 
units that were formerly used for 
Christian education. These units 
were donated to the Milford, Ind., 
First Brethren Church, which moved 
them to Milford, put them on founda- 
tions, remodeled them, and recently 
dedicated then as an Educational 
Center. {See page 18 of the January 
1991 Evangelist.) 




One of the new children 's classrooms. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



Hensel and Goldie Cline Honored 
As Mt. Olive Sweethearts of Year 



Pineville, Va. — Hensel and Goldie 
Cline were honored by the Mt. Olive 
Brethren Church on Sunday, Febru- 
ary 17, as the congregation's "Sweet- 
heart Couple of the Year." 

During the morning worship serv- 
ice, the Clines' favorite hymns were 
sung. Then at the sweetheart banquet 
that followed the service, Gordon and 
Conjetta Harman and David Arm- 
strong reminisced about the "Sweet- 
heart Couple." 

Married for 47 years, Hensel and 
Goldie have been members of the Mt. 
Olive Church for 44 years. They serve 
the chiirch as deacon and deaconess, 
and Goldie is also treasurer of the 
local W.M.S. 

The Clines were chosen as the 
"Sweetheart Couple" by vote of the 
Mt. Olive congregation on February 
10. Members were instructed to 
choose the couple whose love and 
devotion to one another illustrate the 
kind of marriage relationship that 
God intends. 

Following the sweetheart banquet, 



the congregation reconvened for a 
"Newlyweds Game." Four couples 
served as "Newlyweds." Bart and 
Jackie Bellairs, Dwight and Nancy 



Good, Mike and Kathy Good, and Ron 
and Elenora Lewis wrestled to 
answer questions designed to chal- 
lenge their knowledge of one another. 
In the end, Ron and Elenora came out 
on top with a high score of 30 points. 
It was the perfect ending to a lovely 
day. 

— Pastor Fredric G. Miller 




Mt. Olive "Sweetheart Couple of the Year" Goldie and Hensel Cline (c), with son and 
daughter-in-law David and Jane Cline and grandson Eric (I.), daughter-in-law Jane Cline (2nd. 
from r.), and Pastor Fred Miller (r.). Photo by Barbara Roderick. 



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UPDATE 



Pastors Enjoy Good Time, Study Conflict 
At Annual Brethren Pastors' Conference 



Galena, 111. — Anyone who thinks 
that the Christian Hfe is dull and that 
Christians never have any fun should 
have been at the Brethren Pastors' 
Conference held April 16—18 at the 
Chestnut Mountain Resort on the 
east bank of the Mississippi River in 
northwestern Illinois. 

The good times included not only 
the occasions of laughter (of which 
their were many, and several of down- 
right hilarity), but the times of fellow- 
ship before and after sessions and 
especially while enjoying the delicious 
meals served at the resort. And cer- 
tainly, highlights of the three days 
were the times of robust singing of 
Christian hymns and songs, which 
might lead one to believe that when 
Brethren pastors go for the gusto, 
they reach for the hymnbook rather 
than for some liquid of dubious worth. 

But the good times included the 
study sessions as well, when confer- 
ence participants took an in-depth 
look at the difficult subject of conflict. 
These sessions were led by William 
and Ellen Bontrager, who drew on 
their experience not only to make the 
subject interesting, but to bring hope 
and encouragement as well. 

Mr. Bontrager was for ten years a 
practicing attorney and for five years 
a Superior Court judge in Elkhart 
County, Ind. (where he and Ellen 
joined the Winding Waters Brethren 
Church). Since 1982, first as an attor- 
ney and then as a minister of reconci- 
liation, he has been engaged in teach- 
ing and assisting Christians in resolv- 
ing legal and relational conflicts. 

The Bontragers now live in Ignacio, 
Colorado, £ind as "Shepherds for Peace," 
lead seminars, speak, teach, and give 
technical assistance on how to resolve 
conflict biblically. In addition to help- 
ing her husband with his presenta- 
tions at the pastors' conference, Mrs. 
Bontrager led several separate ses- 
sions for the wives. 

In their first session, entitled 
"Hooray for Conflict," the Bontragers 
said that conflict is normal, neutral 
(in itself neither good nor bad), and 
necessary (a means of growth). But in 
order for conflict to result in good, it 
must be resolved biblically and under 
the guidance of the Holy Spirit (both 
strong emphases throughout the re- 
treat), and must end in reconciliation. 

According to the Bontragers, it is 
not the pastor's role to arbitrate the 

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(Matthew 18:16). The Bontragers un- 
derstand these "witnesses" as con- 
cerned Christians who will seek to 
bring about reconciliation, rather 
than as a jury who will render judg- 
ment. In all of this, the emphasis 
should be not upon establishing fault 
and assigning blame, but in bringing 
about reconciliation. 

The conference was planned and 
hosted by the pastors of the Central 
District and their wives. The presence 
of the Bontragers was made possible, 
in part, through the generosity of 
some "Angels" in the Lanark and Mill- 
edgeville. 111., Brethren Churches. 

A total of 103 attended the event — 
61 pastors, other elders, and semi- 
nary students; 38 wives; and fovir 



A former lawyer and judge, Bill Bontrager 
believes that conflict resolution can only be 
achieved by applying biblical principles. 

conflicts of his members. 
Rather, the pastor is to learn 
and teach the biblical prin- 
ciples of conflict resolution 
and to find, organize, train, 
equip, and oversee those peo- 
ple in his congregation who 
can help others resolve their 
conflicts. The Bontragers 
contend that just as God has 
given the church pastors, 
teachers, and those with 
other spiritual gifts. He has 
also given every congrega- 
tion those people who can 
help others in conflict resolution. 

Throughout the conference, the 
Bontragers emphasized the impor- 
tance of putting the principles in Mat- 
thew 5:23-26 and Matthew 18:15-17 
into practice in conflict resolution. 
These include confession, repentance, 
seeking for- 
giveness, 
making res- 
titution 
when ap- 
propriate, 
care-front- 
ing (show- 
ing some- 
one his or 
her fault 
in a loving 
way, as op- 
posed to 
confront- 
ing), and, 
when nec- 
essary, 
using "wit- 
nesses" 




At the conclusion of the conference, the Bontragers 
were presented a gift of appreciation for their ministry. 

children. The Chestnut Mountain 
Resort, a ski resort, proved to be an 
excellent site for the conference — 
exceptionally nice rooms, good meet- 
ing facilities, an indoor pool, grassy 
slopes for hiking and volleyball, and 
an incredible view of the (next page) 




Central District pastors (I. to r.) Ron L Waters (Waterloo), Ryan Gordon 
(Milledgeville youth pastor), Tom Schiefer (Lanark), and Ken Sullivan (Mill- 
edgeville) not only planned and led the 1991 Pastors' Conference, they also 
presented a not-quite-ready-for-prime-time quartet number. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



Brush Valley Church Welcomes 
James Kirkendall as New Pastor 



Adrian, Pa. — James Kirkendall 
was welcomed March 10 as the new 
pastor of the Brush Valley Brethren 
Church. 

Pastor Kirkendall preached his 
first sermon at the church on the 10th 
of March, with 176 people in attend- 
ance. Following the worship service, 
the Social Committee of the church 
held a welcome dinner for the new 
pastor and his wife, Judy, in the 
church fellowship hall. 

Pastor Kirkendall (44) came to the 
Brush Valley Church from the North- 
ern California District, where he 
served as the 1990-91 district 
moderator. His home congregation is 
the Stockton Brethren Church, where 
he was licensed to the pastoral minis- 
try in 1986. He served as an assistant 
pastor to all three of the churches in 
the Northern Califoxnia District. 

Pastor and Mrs. Kirkendall have 
two children, who continue to live in 
California. 

According to Brush Valley 
Moderator Tom Kidder, "The [Brush 




Brush Valley 's new pastor, James Kirken- 
dall, at the pulpit. 

Valley] Church feels that Pastor 
Kirkendall is truly an answer to our 
prayers, and we would like to thank 
all of the fellow Brethren who have 
been praying for our church." The 
Brush Valley congregation went for 
nearly a year without a pastor. 

— reported by Thomas J. Kidder 



Maralene Trainer Honored for 
Music Ministry at Huntington 

Huntington, Ind. — Maralene 
Trainer Day was held Sunday, March 
3, at the Huntington First Brethren 
Church to honor Mrs. Trainer for 60 
years of service in providing music for 
the church. 

During the morning worship serv- 
ice Mrs. Trainer was given a plaque, 
and a poem written in her honor by 
Roxie Stahl was read by the author. 

Following the service, a carry-in 
meal was held. The highlight of this 
meal was a large cake decorated in 
lavender and white and accented with 
musical notes, upon which was writ- 
ten, "Thanks for 60 years, Maralene." 

Maralene started playing the piano 
when she was 16 years old and began 
playing for the church shortly there- 
Pastors' Conference 

(continued from previous page) 
Mississippi River — all at a reason- 
able rate, since the conference was 
held during the resort's off-season. 

Next year's conference is being 
planned by the pastors of the Florida 
District, and will be held February 
4-6 at Dayspring campground near 
Ellenton, Fla. 

May 1991 



after (in 1931), even before she be- 
came a member of the congregation in 
1933. She soon began playing the 
organ as well. 

Following graduation from high 
school in 1934, Maralene took a two- 
year secretarial course at Huntington 
College. She then took a position in 
the local social security office, and in 




Maralene and Elbert Trainer with the cake 
honoring Mrs. Trainer for her 60 years of 
providing music for the church. 



Men of Mission Groups 
Challenged to Adopt 
Pre-Seminary Students 

Ashland, Ohio — The Office of Reli- 
gious Affairs of Ashland University in 
conjunction with Brethren Men of 
Mission has announced a "Grand 
Challenge" prognfam in which local 
Men of Mission groups are challenged 
to adopt pre- seminary Ashland Uni- 
versity students and to support them 
spiritually and financially while they 
are in school. 

Each group that chooses to accept 
the "Grand Challenge" would pledge 
to provide $1,000 annually for the 
support of a specific student who is 
planning to attend seminary and to 
enter full-time Christian service. This 
commitment would last throughout 
the four years the student attends 
Ashland University (and could con- 
tinue throughout the student's years 
in seminary, if the group so chooses). 

In return, the student would com- 
mit himself or herself to write to the 
Men of Mission group reg^ilarly, shar- 
ing with the sponsoring group infor- 
mation about his or her personal, 
academic, and spiritual life and 
development. In addition, if not 
prohibited by distance, the student 
would make at least one visit per year 
to the sponsoring group. 

For more information about the 
"Grand Challenge," write or call Dr. 
Michael Gleason, The Center of 
Religious Life, Ashland University, 
Ashland, OH 44805 (419-289-5480). 

1936-37 issued all of the social secur- 
ity numbers for Huntington County in 
two series, 308-17 and 311-03. In 
1943 she began working for the Erie 
Railroad, where she worked for the 
next 33 years. 

In addition to providing music, Mrs. 
Trainer has held other positions in the 
Huntington Church — Sunday school 
secretary, church secretary, Sunday 
school treasurer, church treasurer, 
and resident agent. But music has 
always been her first priority. 

Since September 13, 1942, Mara- 
lene has been married to Elbert 
(Peach) Trainer. Active in the church 
himself, he has also supported his 
wife in her work for the church 
throughout the years. They are both 
animal lovers (particularly their 
dogs), and are avid sports fans (espe- 
cially basketball). In addition, 
Maralene's hobby is cooking and 
baking, and she loves doing crafts. 

— reported by Maggie Harris 

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UPDATE 



Thomas Conrad Installed as Pastor 
At Dayton Hillcrest Brethren Church 



Dayton, Ohio — Thomas Conrad 
was installed as pastor of the 
Hillcrest Brethren Church of 
Dayton on Sunday, March 10, dur- 
ing the morning worship service. 

Pastor Conrad's wife, Tiona, was 
also welcomed to the congregation 
during the service. 

Hillcrest members Myron Kem 
and Mark Flory took part in the 
installation service. The charge to 
the new pastor was given by Rev. 
Wayne Boyer, a friend and former 
pastor of Conrad. Rev. Don Simp- 
son, another friend of the Conrads, 
conducted the laying on of hands 
service, in which the members of 
the Hillcrest Deacon Board joined 
in prayer for Pastor and Mrs. 
Conrad. 

Special music for the service was ^ 
provided by Genevieve Korte and Ber- 
nice Kem. 

Conrad first came to the Hillcrest 
Church as a pulpit-supply speaker 
during the months when the church 
was without a pastor. He felt a warm 
welcome and returned to speak 
several times before being asked to 
become pastor of the church. 




New Hillcrest Pastor Thomas Conrad {2nd from 
) and his wife Tiona with Rev. Wayne Boyer (I.) 
nd Rev. Don Simpson. 

He is a 1978 graduate of Moody 
Bible Institute, from which he has a a 
degree in biblical theology. He served 
for four years in the Extension Public 
Ministries Department at Moody, and 
his wife worked for Moody Press. In 
1984 Tom and Tiona attended a mis- 
sions training school in Hawaii, 
where they assisted in church plant- 



Two Deacon Couples Installed 
By Smoky Row Congregation 

Columbus, Ohio — Jeff and Maria 
Nelsen and Dennis and Gale 
Shireman were installed as deacon 
couples during the March 3 worship 
service at the Smoky Flow Brethren 
Church. 

The two couples had received un- 
animous confirmation as deacons in a 
congregation vote on February 10. 

Both the Nelsens and the Shire- 
mans have been very active in the 



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New deacon couples at Smoky Row Church (I. to r.) 
Dennis and Gale Shireman and Jeff and Maria Nelsen. 

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Smoky Row congregation. The Nel- 
sens teach the Junior and Senior High 
Sunday school class and both are ac- 
tive in the choir. Maria shares respon- 
sibility for directing the choir, and Jeff 
serves as one of the worship leaders. 
The Shiremans serve as coordi- 
nators for the elementary age (grades 
3-6) youth group. They also are active 
in the church music progn'arn, with 
both singing in the choir. Gale serving 
as one of the church pianists, and 
Dennis sharing responsibility for 
leading songs during worship. 
The Nelsens and Shiremans have 
also recently begun sing- 
ing together as a quartet, 
called "Testimony." They 
made their singing debut 
during the worship serv- 
ice on Sunday morning, 
March 10. 

Dr. Dale Stoffer, pastor 
of the Smoky Row Church, 
says, "We feel that the 
Lord has provided our 
church with two very 
capable couples to serve in 
the role of deacons." 

— reported by Pastor 
Dale Stoffer 



ing. Pastor Conrad also served at 
the Lakeshore Baptist Church in 
Stevensville, Mich., and he and Tiona 
were mission interns at Christian 
Tabernacle in Dayton. 

The installation service was fol- 
lowed by a catered dinner in the 
church fellowship hall. The 111 in at- 
tendance enjoyed the service, the 
meal, and the fellowship. 

— reported by Enid Schrader 



N. California District Brethren 
Meet for Inspiration, Business 

Stockton, Calif. — General Confer- 
ence Moderator James Sluss brought 
two messages at the Northern Cali- 
fornia Brethren District Conference, 
held February 21-24 at the Stockton 
Brethren Church. 

Rev. Sluss spoke at the conference 
inspirational services, held Thursday 
and Friday evenings. These services 
also included a welcome by district 
moderator Jim Kirkendall (Thurs- 
day), periods of inspirational singing, 
and special music. 

The conference business session 
was conducted on Saturday after- 
noon, with moderator Jim Kirkendall 
in charge. Thirty-six delegates (30 
regular, 3 ministerial, and 3 alter- 
nates) cared for the district business, 
which included electing officers and 
district board and committee mem- 
bers; receiving reports from the treas- 
urer, statistician, and the district 
boards; adopting a 1991-92 district 
budget; and caring for other items. 

Reports of denominational work 
were also received during this session 
from Moderator Jim Sluss, Rev. Jim 
Black (Missionary Board), Rev. Fred 
Finks (Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary), and Rev. Dave Cooksey (Pas- 
toral Ministries). 

District officers for 1991-92 are 
moderator Brad Hamden, moderator- 
elect Randy Williams, secretary 
Dorothy Huse, and treasurer Carolyn 
Bennett. 

A service of music was held Satur- 
day evening, which included both 
group-singing as well as special music 
from each of the three churches in the 
district (Stockton, Lathrop, and 
Northgate). The conference concluded 
on Sunday evening with a covered 
dish dinner followed by a song service, 
an inspirational address by Rev. Dave 
Cooksey (Director of Pastoral Mini- 
stries), and the installation of the 
1991-92 officers. 

— Prepared by the editor from min- 
utes by district secretary Dorothy Huse. 

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Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to tne, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 

WIDENING OUR FAMILY CIRCLb 

One time while Jesus was preaching, someone came and told Him that His mother 
and brothers were outside asking to talk to Him. He answered, "Who is my mother and 
my brother?" Then, stretching out His hands toward His disciples. He said, "Here are 
my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is 
my brother, my sister, and mother." 

Jesus knew who His real mother and brothers 
were. He wanted us to know that being His follower 
means making our families BIGGER, to include 
more people! 

In this world, parents are not perfect. Moms and 
dads may not give the hugs and loving words kids need. 
Or maybe they don't spend enough play-time with their 
children. Some kids may not have a mom or dad who 
lives at home with them. 

God wants children to have parents who give them 
all the love and attention they need. But parents don't 
always do this. But the people in your church can be 
your family too. God wants the church to be a place 
where we can have the family we need. 

So look around you in your church. Who is like a 
good mother to you? Who is like a good father? You can even have that big brother or 
sister you always wanted! The church is a place where we can love, encourage, hug, 
protect, and care for one another. 

Spread some love yourself! You can be like a child, a grandchild, a brother or sister 
for someone who needs a special little someone like you! 




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Can you spot the future Crusaders 
in this picture? 

Neither can we . . . yet. But in a few short years, some of these young 
people — or others hke them — will be ready: 

• ready to consider a summer of serving the Lord 

• ready to look to Him for new^ spiritual growth 

• ready to consider His call to vocational ministry. 

No, we don't know who the future Crusaders will be. But we know 
who will serve this summer. {See pages 12- 
15.) And they are quality young people who are 
willing to give of themselves and to be open to 
the leading of Christ. 

Your financial contribution this month is 
a vital part of the process. Without your sup- 
port, we could not give Brethren youth the 
opportunity of a lifetime — to consider God's 
call on their lives! 



Thank you for your prayers throughout the 
summer . . . and thank you for your financial 
support this month. Send your gift to: 

The Brethren Church, Inc. 
Crusader Program 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, OH 44805 



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Developing a Global Vision 




Let the Hard Times Roll 



HE PULLED along side me at a 
stop light in Miami, Florida 

— a young Latin male looking like 
a page from Esquire magazine. 
Nonchalantly driving a new white 
Chrysler LeBaron convertible, he 
held a cellular phone to one ear. A 
gold earring hung from the other. 

The man sported one of those 
late-model shaped haircuts, de- 
signer sunglasses, and a crushed 
denim jacket. To use the lingo of 
another era, this guy was cooool 

— even in Miami's 80-degree heat. 
Some would say that he was living 
the Great American Dream. By all 
appearances, this man had it all. 

Fast forward to Lima, Peru, sev- 
eral months later. There I saw a 
different kind of man in a different 
kind of car. An elderly gentleman 
puttered up in a clunky white 
Volkswagon. A cheap "TAXI" decal 

— the kind sold by street vendors 

— was stuck on his windshield. I 
flagged him down. 

Economic woes 

As he drove me to my destina- 
tion, the free-lance cab driver 
lamented Peru's awful economic 
situation. In Lima, a gallon of 
gasoline costs $3, while the month- 
ly minimum wage is only about 
$60. Gift shops carry friendship 
cards with texts like, "Our love is 
like the foreign debt — it keeps 
getting bigger." 

As we dodged chuckholes in 
Lima's neglected streets, our talk 
somehow turned to spiritual 
things. The man wanted to know 
what evangelical Christians be- 



lieve. I mean, he really wanted to 
know! "What does it mean to fol- 
low Christ?" he probed, after I had 
used the phrase. 

As we traveled the remaining 
few blocks, I explained as simply 
as I could what the Bible says 
about salvation through Christ. He 
didn't make an on-the-spot spirit- 
ual decision, but when I got out of 
the car, the old man looked me in 
the eye and said, "Thank you so 
much for what you told me." 

A hunger for spiritual truth 

Afterwards, I kept pondering the 
man's hunger for spiritual truth. 
In thinking back over almost four 
years of living in Miami, I cannot 
recall talking with anyone quite as 
vulnerable and as anxious to learn 
about spiritual things as this man 
was (though Miami surely has its 
spiritually hungry people, too). 

I remembered the words of 
Peru's second vice-president, Car- 
los Garcia, a lawyer and Baptist 
minister. In an interview, Garcia 
said, "There is spiritual hunger in 
Lima. At this time, when the eco- 
nomic situation is so traumatic, 
people see there is more to life 
than material things. 

"They see that a single govern- 
ment measure can inflate prices 
and shrink their salaries. There is 
anxiety and desperation. The 
Gospel can provide hope and an 
answer." 

I thought about the Don 
Johnson-type dude in the Chrysler 
LeBaron in Miami and wondered if 
he would have been as interested 



in spiritual things as the elderly 
cab driver in hard-luck Lima. 

Why is it that God seems to use 
hard times to draw us to Himself? 
Wouldn't it be nice if we could turn 
on spiritual growth with a key to a 
Mercedes Benz or a $200,000 
annual salary? Yet, somehow, it 
doesn't seem to work that way. 

Sometimes we don't truly look to 
God until a crisis occurs — when 
things fly out of our control or 
when we lose a job, business deal, 
or other source of income. After my 
wife and I recently doled out $250 
we didn't have to repair a trans- 
mission, it seemed that we, too, 
suddenly found ourselves praying 
more! 

When we look at countries less 
fortunate than ours, we are shocked 
by the poverty, violence, and un- 
just working conditions. Often our 
first reaction is pity, and our 
second a sense of gratitude that we 
live in the United States and not 
the Third World. 

Yet these very nations in crisis 
seem to be where God is working 
in remarkable ways. Churches are 
bulging in many parts of Asia, 
Africa, and Latin America. God is 
blessing people in many of these 
struggling countries in ways we 
comfortable North Americans may 
never have experienced. 

I think of the Lima pastor who 
beamed, "I don't have enough 
money to visit the United States, 
but I have riches in heaven." 

Of course, we should work and 
pray to better the physical plight 
of the suffering people in Third 
World Nations. And I am thankful 
that God has so wonderfully 
blessed us North Americans with 
material comforts and religious 
freedom. 

Hard times in perspective 

But maybe the hard times aren't 
so bad after all. Maybe that's why 
James wrote, "Consider it pure joy, 
my brothers, whenever you face 
trials of many kinds .... so that 
you may be mature and complete 
. . . (Jas. 1:2-4, Niv). 

Every so often, it's good to put 
things in perspective. And even if 
we do have it all in the material 
realm, it wouldn't hurt if we all got 
a little "hungrier" for the things of 
God. [f] 

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Features 

Taking a Stand on Abortion, Part Two: What Brethren Can Do 4 

by Jeanette Sullivan 

Roles The Brethren Church can play in the prevention of abortion and 

in the restoration of those who have had an abortion. 

Toward a Philosophy of Living, Part Two: Why Am I Here? 7 

by Win Arn with Carroll Nyquist 

Guidance for developing a Christian view of life and aging. 

How Shall They Preach Unless They Are Called? 8 

by David Cooksey 

Many different people can play a part in confirming a person's call to 

the pastoral ministry. 

Point Man: A Ministry to Vietnam Veterans 9 

An interview with Dale Hurt 

Many Vietn£im Veterans have deepseated hurts that can be healed only 

through Jesus Christ. 



Special Section General Conference Preview 

General Conference Schedule, Speaker George Sw^eeting 11 

Brethren Youth Convention, Registration Information 12 



Departments 

Developing a Global Vision 2 

by John Maust 

Defining Our Priorities 14 

by Ronald W. Waters 

Cartoon 14 



In Word and Deed 15 

by the Evangelism and 

Church Growth Commission 

Update 16 

Children's Page 21 

by Erica Weidenhamer 

From the Grape Vine 23 



General Conference Registration: 

With General Conference just two months away, it is time to make your 
reservations if you plan to attend. To assist you in this, a registration form is 
printed on page 13 of this issue. At the request of some past Conference- 
attenders, we have also included in this issue, along with the registration 
form, some preliminary information about Conference — the schedule, an 
introduction to the main inspirational speaker, as well as information about 
the Brethren Youth Convention. This information will help you decide what 
events you want to attend, if you can't make it for the entire Conference. Next 
month's issue will include more detailed information about the program, 
about other speakers, and about the auxiliary sessions. It will also give the 
names and a bit of information about the nominees for the various General 
Conference positions. 

Answers to Little Crusader Page: 

No answers needed this month. 




Taking a Stand on 
ABORTION 

Part Two: 
What Brethren Can Do 

By Jeanette Sullivan 



This article is the second part of a 
paper written by Mrs. Jeanette Sul- 
livan in 1986-87 while she was a 
member of (and for part of the 
period, chair of) the Social Concerns 
Committee of General Conference. 
The first part of the paper was 
printed in last month's Evangelist. 

The paper is being printed at the 
request of the Social Responsibilities 
Commission (which superceded the 
Social Concerns Committee). At 
General Conference the commission 
will present a resolution on abortion 
(printed on the following page) for 
discussion and possible adoption. 

Mrs. Sullivan is a member of the 
Milledgeville, III., Brethren Church, 
where her husband, Kenneth, is the 
pastor. 

The Role The Brethren 

Church Should Take in the 

Prevention of Abortion 

SINCE the 1973 Supreme Court 
ruling which legalized abor- 
tion on demand, and since the 
1976 General Conference Resolu- 
tion which stated The Brethren 
Church's opposition to abortion,* 
20 million babies have been 
aborted in our country.^ 

Many Christians, Brethren in- 
cluded, become alarmed when 
their churches become involved in 
the social issues of abortion, infan- 

'The 1976 General Conference adopted 
the following resolution: "Be it resolved 
that the Brethren Church go on record 
opposing the taking of a life of one of 
God's children by indiscriminate abor- 
tion." 

' This was the figure at the time this 
paper was written in 1986-87. It would 
be considerably higher now. 



ticide, and euthanasia, for they are 
concerned that by doing so we are 
returning to the liberal "social 
gospel" emphasis of the earlier 
part of this century. 

Quoting from Dr. C. Everett 
Koop, a pediatric surgeon for more 
than forty years and until recently 
the Surgeon General of the United 
States: 

Before we had government 
programs, it was the Christian 
church that saw to the care of the 
sick, the disadvantaged, the poor, 
the underprivileged, and so on. I 
believe the Christian church must 
retrieve that role, which it served 
so well in the past. 

Looking back at the history of 
the Christian church, we find that 
believers in the past had no prob- 
lem combining spiritual and social 
renewal. Some exeimples: 

The Eighteenth Century: Cot- 
ton Mather (1663-1728), a Congre- 
gational minister in Boston, ad- 
vocated social reform through the 
formation of voluntary societies 
which would transform society 
through their social witness. Many 
social reforms were achieved 
through his influence. 

— He founded a charity school for 
the poor and orphans. 

— He founded and supported at 
his own expense a school for the 
education of blacks. 

— He spoke out on the pressing 
medical ethics of his day, and 
advocated smallpox inocula- 
tions in the face of fierce opposi- 
tion. 

The Nineteenth Century: The 
second and third Great Awaken- 



ings, a 19th century revivalism, 
released a mighty reforming force 
which revamped American society. 
Genuine social concern and activ- 
ity resulted directly from persons 
converted during the revivals. 
Christians were called to feed the 
poor, educate the unlearned, reform 
prisons, humanize the treatment 
of the mentally ill, establish orphan- 
ages, abolish slavery, gain women's 
rights, care for the aged, etc. 

Two areas of reform 

Two areas of reform involved 
abortion and unwed mothers: 

1. The attack on abortion was 
led by the American Medical As- 
sociation and the Women's Suffra- 
gettes. The Young Men's Christian 
Association (YMCA) (then an evan- 
gelical mission) instigated the Com- 
stock Law to stop pornography and 
abortion. In 1868 YMCA leaders 
commissioned two Christian 
lawyers to draft anti-abortion 
legislation for the New York legis- 
lature. 

2. From 1880 to 1896 homes for 
"fallen women" were started by 
Christian individuals and groups 
throughout the U.S. The motive 
was love, and many believers saw 
the girls as more sinned against 
than as sinning, though they did 
not pass over lightly personal guilt 
and responsibility for sin. The 
homes desired to change the struc- 
tures in society that caused women 
to stumble. All had tremendous 
success rates. 

Unfortunately, during the Twen- 
tieth Century the evangelical 
church withdrew from social action 



The Brethren Evangelist 




*The only reason abortion-on-demand is today the law of 
the land is that Christian people have failed to organize 
their opposition to abortion and have neglected the 
mission field created by abortion. ** 



and succumbed to pietism (an em- 
phasis on personal experience at 
the expense of social responsibil- 
ity). The stage was set; the govern- 
ment realized the void and acted to 
fill it. Though most evangelical 
Christians did not agree with abor- 
tion, they were 
silent. This silence 
was perceived by 
society as sanction 
by the Christian 
com^munity. 

When the church 
is silent on the 
issue of abortion, 
she is in effect 
surrendering the 
truth to the lie 
prevailing in 

America today 
and serves Satan 
rather than Him 
who says, "I am 
the Truth." The 
only reason abor- 
tion-on-demand is 
today the law of 
the land is that 
Christian people 
have failed to or- 
ganize their opposition to abortion 
and have neglected the mission 
field created by abortion. 

As Dr. Koop has stated, "Con- 
demnation is cheap; compassion is 
costly. Being against abortion costs 
the church nothing, but loving care 
for an unwed pregnant teen-ager 
carries a big price tag — and a rich 
reward." 

It is not enough merely "to be 
against" abortion. We must have 
something to offer instead. There 
really is only one alternative to 
having an abortion, and that is to 
have the baby. But presenting that 
alternative in a meaningful way 
involves many other things. 

The most important reason The 
Brethren Church should put action 
to its 1976 resolution is that the 
Bible commands it. "Therefore go 
and make disciples of all nations, 

June 1991 



baptizing them in the name of the 
Father and of the Son and of the 
Holy Spirit, and teaching them to 
obey everything I have com- 
manded you. And surely I will be 
with you always, to the very end of 
the age" (Matt. 28:19-20, Niw). 



Proposed Brethren Position on Abortion (1991) 

The following resolution will be presented for consideration at the 103rd 
General Conference in August. 

The Brethren Church believes that the moral issue of abortion is more 
than a question of the freedom of a woman to control the reproductive 
functions of her own body. It is rather a question of those circumstances 
under which a human being may be permitted to take the life of another. 
We believe that all human life has value, is a creative act of God, and 
begins at conception. We therefore oppose indiscriminate use of abortion 
for personal or sociological purposes. We recognize the necessity of 
therapeutic abortions where the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother, 
as in tubal pregnancies. We understand the possible need for terminations 
of pregnancies caused by rape or incest, but only after extensive spiritual, 
medical, and psychological counseling. 

The Brethren Church supports and encourages prayer, legislative action, 
and other activities that provide support for the unborn and the men and 
women facing crisis pregnancies. We also assert the forgiveness available 
through Jesus Christ to those involved in an abortion, and encourage ac- 
tivities that will provide redemption and restoration for them. 

— The Social Responsibilities Commission 



In the New Testament He com- 
mands us to be "salt and light" 
(Matt. 5:13-16). 

How do we get involved? 

The logical question at this point 
is, "How do we as Brethren 
people, desiring 
truly to be 'salt 
and light,' get in- 
volved?" 

The following is 
a list of the 
variety of ways in 
which the church 
an4/or individuals 
can reach out to 
those in crisis 



Through the teachings of Scripture 
we are mandated to minister life to 
the whole person — to be con- 
cerned not only for the needs of the 
body, but also for the needs of the 
soul and the spirit of the individ- 
ual. At the same time we aire to 
proclaim the righteousness of God 
and to teach a lost world of both 
His laws and His love. 

The gospel of Jesus Christ is 
most needed and relevant when a 
woman is under the pressure of an 
unwanted pregnancy. Society has 
very little concern for saving her 
unborn child's life and even less 
concern for saving her soul. 
Believers need to recapture the 
vital concern God expresses for 
social justice in His world. 
Throughout the prophetic books of 
the Old Testament, God judges His 
people for allowing social injustice. 



pregnancies: 

1. Pray for jus- 
tice for the un- 
born.* 

2. Attitude: pro- 
vide non-judg- 
mental support — 
not only to the 
pregnant girl or 
woman but also to 
her family and to 
the father of the 
unborn child. 

3. Be an agent of reconciliation 
in a family shattered by a preg- 
nancy. 

4. Give positive input into the 
mental and physical health of the 
mother-to-be and her unborn child. 

5. Help with financial costs: 
arrange for hospitalization and 
medical care. Christian counseling, 
medical and legal advice. 

6. Provide a home if needed — a 
haven. 

7. Be her Lamaze partner. 

8. Help her in her decision 
whether or not to put the child up 
for adoption. (She has more say 
than we are led to believe in the 
choice of adoptive parents.) 

Groups such as Crisis Pregnancy 
Centers (under the direction of the 

'This point was not in Mrs. Sullivan's 
original paper. It was added by the Social 
Responsibilities Commission. 




**Our role is crucial. Not only will we have an oppor- 
tunity to qualitatively affect individual lives, but we 
can also significantly affect the staggering statistics 
of abortion on a national level, " 



Christian Action Council), Right to 
Life, Birthright, etc., provide many 
of these services to individuals in 
crisis pregnancy situations free of 
charge. They are non-profit and 
totally dependent for their support 
of finances, donated goods, and 
volunteer time on those who sup- 
port the sanctity of human life. 
Many Christian individuals and 
churches work with these organi- 
zations. 

We can also lend support by 
treating causes as well as symp- 
toms. We can more openly promote 
abstinence from pre-marital sex. 
We can battle peer pressure by 
providing other "time consumers" 
for youth — compete for their 
time. It will cost us in time and 
money, but it will be well worth it. 
Our Christian education cur- 
riculum should include teaching 
parents how to teach sex education 
from a biblical perspective. 

Other areas of involvement: 

Voting — we must exercise this 
right. We need to be informed on 
the candidates and their views 
regarding abortion. 

Communicating — Let your 
state legislators and your federal 
Senators and Representative to 
the House know your position on 
abortion. Encourage their support 
for programs that preserve the un- 
born child's life. Ask for their sup- 
port for an amendment to the 
Constitution to overturn the 1973 
Supreme Coiirt ruling. 

Public Demonstrations — Get in- 
volved with those in your com- 
munity who organize peaceful, 
orderly programs to draw public 
awareness to the immorality of 
abortion, such as pickets of abor- 
tion clinics and hospitals that per- 
form abortions. A march is also 
held each year in Washington, 
D.C., on the anniversary of the 
1973 Supreme Court ruling. Con- 
sider taking part. 



Sanctity of Human Life Sunday 
— Observe it each January. 

Most importantly, we should 
turn to God for direction and 
guidance. Ask Him to work 
through us to bring our country to 
repentance of its national sins (II 
Chronicles 7:14). This repentance 
must begin with a humbling of 
ourselves for our own personal 
sins, asking His forgiveness for 
them, and praying for Him to heal 
our land. 

Our role is crucial. Not only will 
we have an opportunity to qualita- 
tively affect individual lives, but 
we can also significantly affect the 
staggering statistics of abortion on 
a national level. 

Rescue those being led away to 
death; hold back those staggering 
toward slaughter. If you say, "But 
we knew nothing about this," does 
not he who weighs the heart per- 
ceive it? Does not he who guards 
your life know it? Will he not repay 
each person according to what he 
has done? Prov. 24:11-12, NIV 

The Role The Brethren 

Church Should Take in the 

Restoration of Those Who 

Have Had an Abortion 

Restoration: Romans 3:23 tells 
us that we are all sinners. But we 
have a forgiving God who because 
of His unconditional love forgives 
us of the most vile, vulgar, hated 
sins. God's loving thoughts toward 
us are many, embracing our lives 
from the beginning to the end — 
from our early residency within 
the womb to our final habitation 
on this earth. While it is true that 
we all have fallen into sin, God's 
attitude toward us is firm: 
But God demonstrates His own 
love for us in this: While we were 
still sinners, Christ died for us. 

Romans 5:8, NIV 

In II Peter 1:1-14 we are re- 
minded that Christ has provided 
equality of redemption for all who 



receive Him by faith. 

The major role that The Breth- 
ren Church should take with those 
who have had an abortion is based 
on the forgiveness provided to all 
who seek it through faith in Jesus 
Christ. The woman who has had a 
crisis (unwanted, unplanned) preg- 
nancy that was terminated by an 
abortion, and the man involved, 
each needs our forgiveness and 
our compassionate help toward 
achieving restoration. 

The guilt that invariably follows 
an abortion is overwhelming. The 
psychological anguish so many 
women en- 
counter is 
sometimes 
irreversible, 
with the 
scars em- 
bedded for 
life. Some 
view sui- 
cide as 
their only 
means of 
escape 
from the 

inner pain. Many plead for help, 
but, sadly, are met with attitudes 
known as "righteous indignation." 

These young boys and girls, men 
and women have made a mistake. 
When they come to us they are 
usually aware of their sinfulness. 
If they seek God's forgiveness 
through the repentance of their 
sins, we ought to forgive and love 
them unconditionally, just as God 
loves and forgives them. 

Providing support groups or 
directing them to Christian coun- 
seling is important. Being a com- 
passionate listener is often needed. 
Their involvement within the 
chvirch should be encouraged, not 
denied because of previous sin. 

Restoration comes as the church 
reaches out in love, offering hope 
and direction through Christ in 
their lives. [f] 




The Brethren Evangelist 




This is tine second article in a ttiree- 
part sen'es by Dr. Arn and Mr Nyquist 
presenting guidelines for developing a 
philosopliy of living, particularly for 
older adults. The first article, which 
looked at the question, "Who Am I?" 
appeared in last month's issue. 

Tlierefore, I urge you brothers, in 
view of God's mercy, to offer your 
bodies as living sacrifices, holy and 
pleasing to God — which is your 
spiritual worship. Romans 12:1, NP/ 

MANY ELDERLY PEOPLE 
ask, "Why am I here? Why 
hasn't God taken me? I am just a 
burden on others." 

These questions may be un- 
answerable for many individuals. 
For me, however, the answer to 
this "purpose" question is directly 
related to my answers to the ques- 
tion dealt with in last month's 
article, "Who am I?" 

Because God has given me love, 
I am motivated to respond. Be- 
cause God has endowed me with 
certain unique gifts and talents, I 
feel compelled to use them in His 
service. Because I belong to God, I 
am called to be obedient to Him 
and to do what He commands. I 
am called to serve and to be a good 
steward of my time, talents, and 
resources, regardless of my age. 

Dr. Arn is president of L.I.F.E. Inter- 
national, a resource organization for 
churciies desiring to reach out to senior 
adults. He is the author of a new book. 
Live Long and Love It. 

Mr. Nyquist is a researcher and 
writer on senior adults. 

June 1991 



Toward a Philosophy of Living 

Developing a Christian View of Life and Aging 
Part Two: Why Am I Here? 

By Win Arn with Carroll Nyquist 



Mrs. Edith Carlson lives in a 
retirement home. During the past 
three years she has discovered 
that she has significantly more 
Bible knowledge than others in the 
facility. So she has begun a once-a- 
week Bible study, which is proving 
to be beneficial to her and to 
others who attend. Mrs. Carlson is 
indeed obedient to the command to 
go and make disciples. 

Because of who I am and be- 
cause of what I have been given, I 
believe my purpose is to par- 
ticipate in the fulfillment of 
Christ's primary purpose — to "go 
and make disciples." Some call this 
the "Great Commission." "Why am 
I here?" To love God, and others as 
myself. Some call this "the Great 
Commandment. " 

"But what if I'm retired?" you 
ask. 

Does retirement mean that God 
no longer has a purpose for our 
lives? I don't think so. Somehow I 
cannot believe that God places us 
on earth to serve Him for just 65 
years and then expects us to spend 
the rest of our lives in rocking 
chairs. 

My good friend Dr. Donald Mc- 
Gavran, pioneer and founder of the 
modem church growth movement, 
did some of the most significant 
work of his long and illustrious 
c£ireer after he reached retirement 
age. Dr. McGavran used to tell me, 
"We don't retire as Christians. God 
never excludes us from His call to 
reach the world just because our 
hair is gray . . . or, even if we have 
serious disabilities which limit the 
extent of our physical activity."* 

A time of special opportunity 

In fact, McGavran saw old age as 
a time of special opportunity for 
Christians. "When we reach the 
age where we are living under the 

*Live Long and Love It (video) (Mon- 
rovia, Calif.: Church Grovvth, 1990). 



shadow of death, we usually un- 
derstand the marvelous truths of 
God's loving grace much better 
than younger Christians. I know 
so many of God's older children 
who have been so effective in 
reaching lost men and women for 
Christ. And some of them have 
even done this from hospital beds." 

Rocking-chair philosophy 

We all know many people in our 
churches who have retired both 
from gainful employment and from 
active lay ministry. You've prob- 
ably heard some of them say some- 
thing like, "I've done my part; now 
it's up to someone else." "My work 
for the church is finished; my com- 
mitment is over." Or, "Let younger 
people do the work. ... I am tired." 

I call this "rocking-chair theo- 
logy," and I believe this kind of 
thinking deprives the church of the 
talents of many of its best workers. 

As Dr. McGavran kept insisting, 
"Our life doesn't end when we 
retire. Our life goes on. We no 
longer have to work to earn money 
enough to live on; but we can do all 
kinds of good things that God 
wants done. . . . there are so many 
people we can counsel . . . there 
are so many people we can love! 
There's so much change in the 
world that we can bring about if 
only we will recognize that this is 
our task. This is the reason that 
we have all the experience that we 
have had. This is the reason why 
we were born!"* 

So, why am I here? I'm here to 
bring glory to God in every way 
that I can. I'm also here to serve 
... to be involved in ministry . . . 
and to use my gifts and other 
resources to the benefit of God's 
kingdom during my brief pilgrim- 
age on this earth. [f] 

*Ibid. 
Next month: "Where Am I Going?" 



How Shall They 

Preach 

Unless They Are Called? 



By David Cooksey 



THE FIRST SUNDAY of this 
month (June) was Ministry 
Recruitment Sunday in The Breth- 
ren Church. On that day, your pas- 
tor probably presented a message 
emphasizing the call to pastoral 
ministry. But ministry recruit- 
ment is more than a one-day 
event. It must go on year-round. 

Whenever I think about those 
who enter the pastoral ministry, a 
wide range of thoughts and feel- 
ings fill my mind. The key thought, 
however, focuses on "the call." 

One of the most familiar Scrip- 
ture passages about the call to 
ministry is found in Romans 10:14- 
15. Those verses ask: 

How, then, can they call on the one 
they have not believed in? And how 
can they believe in the one of whom 
they have not heard? And how can 
they hear without someone preaching 
to them? And how can they preach 
unless they are sent? As it is written, 
"How beautiful are the feet of those 
who bring good news!"* 

The formal procedure by which a 
local congregation calls a person to 
pastoral ministry is set forth on 
page 3 of the Manual of Pastoral 
Procedures of The Brethren 
Church. There it states: 

The 'Call to the Pastorate' origi- 
nates with the local church in which 
the prospective pastor holds his lay 
membership. 

1. When a local church deems that 
one of its members evidences inter- 
est in, and capacity for, the pas- 
torate, it may 'call' such a member, 
by the following procedure. Or, 
should a worthy member feel the 
unction of the Spirit to offer him- 
self for preparation for the pas- 

* Quotations from the Bible are from 

the New International Version. 

Rev. Cooksey is Director of Pastoral 
Ministries for The Brethren Church. 

8 



torate, and the church does not 
sense his feelings, he may confide 
his aspirations to the church, and 
ask it to consider calling him. 
2. The Church may, with previous an- 
nouncement in a regular church 
business meeting, or in a special 
meeting, vote upon extending the 
prospect a 'call.' The vote is to be 
taken by ballot, and may be the 
same as that necessary to elect 
church officers. It is recommended, 
if possible, that a member of the 
district board of oversight and/or 
the Director of Pastoral Ministries 
be invited to preside. 

Preceding and underlying this 
cold, formal procedure, however, is 
something that is warm and per- 
sonal. It is the personal touch of 
Christian leaders and saints in the 
local church and in the district, 
who, by word and behavior, have 
played a part through their 
prayers and their personal minis- 
try in influencing this person to 
consider the pastoral ministry. 

My own personal influences 
came from J. Ray Klingensmith, 
Joseph Shultz, and Jerry Flora, 
the three pastors I remember from 
my years growing up in the Wash- 
ington, D.C., Brethren Church. In 
addition to these three men, 
George Solomon, John Mills, and 
Mike Dodds were pastors in the 
Southeastern District who had a 
strong influence on my life. 

Last, but certainly not least, I 
remember Mr. and Mrs. Harold 
Babcock, who taught our Sunday 
school class and worked with the 
youth group. They loved us, prayed 
for us, and gave us examples of how 
to be what God wants us to be. 

During the past month the 
National Ordination Council ex- 
amined seven candidates for or- 
dination in The Brethren Church. 
The opening question that was 
asked of each candidate concerned 




his call and the people who were 
influential in his decision to enter 
the ministry. The most common 
response included pastors, family 
members, and church leaders. 

In my mind's eye I see in every 
Brethren church pastors, leaders, 
and parents who are looking 
around in the congregation, iden- 
tify those individuals who display 
the gifts, abilities, and attitudes 
necessary for pastoral ministry. 
They are praying for these in- 
dividuals; they are telling them 
that they are praying for them; 
they are asking them if they have 
considered full-time pastoral min- 
istry; and they are challenging 
them to consider this high calling 
of God. 

We often look at our best young 
people and think they would make 
good doctors, lawyers, teachers, or 
accountants. But I think that the 
very best need to be called to 
Christian ministry. 

I think that the following pas- 
sage from the Old Testament Book 
of Daniel reflects the mind of God 
in this matter. 

(continued on page 10) 

The Brethren Evangelist 



POINT MAN: 
A Ministry to Vietnam Veterans 



An interview with Dale Hurt 



At the Lord's leading, the First 
Brethren Church of South Bend, 
Ind., recently established a new out- 
reach called "Point Man Ministry. " It 
is affiliated with Point Man Interna- 
tional, a ministry of Vietnam veter- 
ans reaching other vets. In South 
Bend this outreach was begun by 
Dale Hurt, a Vietnam veteran who 
personally experienced many prob- 
lems from the war, but who also 
received the healing that only Jesus 
Christ could bring to his life. 

Dale and his wife, Delores, began 
attending South Bend First Brethren 
in 1988, and there they found sup- 
port and encouragement. Meanwhile, 
through a series of events, God called 
Dale to minister to other spiritual 
casualties of the Vietnam War. He 
was encouraged and supported by 
church members and by a local Viet- 
nam veterans group, which voted 
him the Veteran of the Year for 1990. 

In the following interview. Rev. 
Larry Baker, pastor of the South 
Bend First Brethren Church, asks 
Dale about Point Man: 

Pastor Larry: Dale, why is 
there a need for Point Man Min- 
istries? 

Dale: In many respects Vietnam 
was unlike other wars. Many 'Neim 
vets are scarred in places that 
gave little or no pain to previous 
generations of American soldiers. 
Point Man Ministry helps these 
vets "make peace with the past." It 
contributes to bringing spiritual 
healing to veterans and their 
families who suffer from Post 
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 
through education, counseling, and 
a network of weekly support 
groups called "Outposts." 

Pastor Larry: Could you ex- 

JUNE 1991 



plain a little more 
fully why the Viet- 
nam War was so dif- 
ferent from other 
WEirs? 

Dale: Vietnam was 
called America's first 
teen-age war. The 
average age of World 
War II soldiers was 
24. The average age 
of the soldier in Viet- 
nam was 18.6 years 
old. 

Vietnam was also a 
"war of solitude." In 
other wars, troops 
went to the front, into 
battle, and back home 
together; but Vietnam 
vets rotated tours of 
duty individually. 
Units were in a state of constant 
flux, which undermined unit in- 
tegrity, cohesiveness, and emotion- 
al support. The one-year tour of 
duty led to a survivor's mentality 
that undercut full commitment to 
the war effort. 

Pastor Larry: In what other 
ways was this war different? 

Dale: Vietnam was more physi- 
cally debilitating than any other 
W2ir. A guerilla Wcir is particularly 
savage because of hidden booby 
traps that were aimed directly at 
dismemberment. Permanently dis- 
abling wounds were sustained at a 
higher rate in Vietnam than in any 
other war. Statistics provided by 
several agencies report that Viet- 
nam veterans suffered amputation 
or permanently crippling wounds 
of the lower extremities at a rate 
300% higher than World War II 
veterans and 70% higher than 




Dale Hurt at the Vietnam 
Washington, D.C. 



Veterans Memorial in 



those in the Korean War. 

Pastor Larry: How did this war 
affect families? 

Dale: Thirty-eight percent of all 
'Nam vets who were married prior 
to being in Vietnam were divorced 
within six months of returning 
home. The divorce rate of Vietnam 
combat vets is over 90%, and 40— 
60% of Vietnam vets have long- 
term emotional adjustment prob- 
lems. These problems are trans- 
ferred into their family life. A sur- 
vey taken in Seattle, Washington, 
discovered that 87% of the "street 
kids" were children of Vietnam 
veterans. 

Pastor Larry: How have these 
men and women attempted to deal 
with problems of that proportion? 

Dale: Many have committed 
suicide. More than 58,000 
Americans died in the Vietnam 
War, but since the war ended over 



^Point Man Ministries is an international, non-denominational 
outreach to veterans by veterans who have found healing only 
through Jesus Christ, They in turn take that message of freedom, 
hope, and healing to other vets. ** 



150,000 Vietnam veterans have 
committed suicide. 

Others have "dropped out" of 
society or tried various escape 
routes. Fifty percent of the home- 
less are 'Nam vets; 60—70% of 
'Nam vets are involved in alcohol 
or drug abuse problems; 40% £ire 
unemployed; and 25% of all com- 
bat vets earn less than $7,000 per 
yeeir. 

More than 100,000 'Nam vets 
are incarcerated in the United 
States today. They comprise one- 
third of the total inmate popula- 
tion. Another 200,000 are on 
parole. When I went to the Indiana 
State Prison in Michigan City, I 
was surprised at the warm recep- 
tion that we got as we shared with 
the Vietnam vets there. Many of 
our "Outposts" are in prisons. 

Pastor Larry: With all these 
problems, surely the government 
or the Veterans Administration is 
helping them in some way. 

Dale: A V.A. study says that 
conservatively 800,000 'Nam vets 
suffer from Post Traumatic Stress 
Disorder (PTSD). The V.A. also 
says that there is no cure for them. 
They may treat the symptoms, but 
they give the vet and his family lit- 
tle or no hope for permanent heal- 
ing. 

Pastor Larry: How does Point 
Man's approach differ, and how 
does it offer hope and healing to 
Vietnam vets and their families? 

Dale: Point Man Ministries is an 
international, non-denom^inational 
outreach to veterans by veterans 
who have found healing only 
through Jesus Christ. They in turn 
take that message of freedom, 
hope, and healing to other vets. 

Pastor Larry: In what ways do 
they do this? 

Dale: They do it through a series 
of "Outposts" that are all over the 
United States and in different 



parts of the world. It is the job of 
these Outposts to reach the vets in 
their community by listening, 
providing materials that help ex- 
plain their problem, forming a sup- 
port group, and sharing the Good 
News of the hope found in Jesus 
Christ. 

Vets' families are ministered to 
by "Homefront Chapters" led by 
veterans' spouses. These Home- 
front Chapters offer spouses and 
families the same resources and 
encouragement that Outposts do 
for the vets. 

Pastor Larry: Are the support 
groups the only resource that 
Point Man has to minister to vets 
and their families? 

Dale: No, Point Man has a wide 
variety of brochures, books, audio 
tapes, and video tapes that you can 
use in all facets of the miinistry. In 
fact, we'd be happy to loan the in- 
troductory video tape on Point 
Man Ministries to anyone who is 
interested. 

Point Man also publishes a free 
newsletter for Vietnam vets and 
their families named Reveille. 
People may subscribe by request- 



ing it from Point Man Internation- 
al, P.O. Box 440, Mountlake Ter- 
race, WA 98043. 

Pastor Larry: Was Point Man 
able to minister to troops and their 
families recently in Operation 
Desert Shield and Desert Storm? 

Dale: Point Man International 
reached out to Gulf War families 
through "Operation Heart Shield," 
or through other local support 
groups. In the Michiana area, I 
was involved in the "Just Kuwait- 
ing" support group, and found that 
to be a tremendously rewarding 
experience. 

Pastor Larry: If someone is in- 
terested in this ministry or in help- 
ing Vietnam vets, what should he 
or she do? 

Dale: They could contact me, 
Dale Hurt, c/o First Brethren 
Church, 4909 S. Ironwood Dr., 
South Bend, IN 46614, phone 219- 
288-3691. Or they could contact 
Point Man International, P.O. Box 
440, Mountlake Terrace, WA 
98043, phone 206-486-5383, and 
they will be given the name of the 
nearest Outpost. [j] 



How Shall They Preach? 

(continued from page 8) 
Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, 
chief of his court officials, to 
bring in some of the Israelites 
from the royal family and the 
nobility — young men without 
any physical defect, handsome, 
showing aptitude for every kind 
of learning, well informed, quick 
to understand, and qualified to 
serve in the king's palace. He was 
to teach them the language and 
literature of the Babylonians. 
The king assigned them a daily 
amount of food and wine from 
the king's table. They were to be 
trained for three years, and after 
that they were to enter the king's 
service. 

Daniel 1:3-5 



Little did the earthly king of 
Babylonia know that the men of 
highest quality whom he was 
selecting to serve himself were 
the very men whom Almighty 
God had called to serve the 
Heavenly King in this foreign 
land. 

Look eiround you. Whom is God 
laying on your heart for whom 
He wants you to pray? Whom in 
your congregation should your 
church call to pastoral ministry 
in The Brethren Church? 

Decide who these people are, 
then put into practice that per- 
sonal touch of encouragement 
and example, so that that the fu- 
ture pastoral needs of The Breth- 
ren Church may be met. [f] 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



General Conference Preview 



1991 General Conference Schedule 

Theme: "Show the Faith" (James 2:18) 
August 5-9, at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio 



Monday, August 5 

6:30 p.m. — Worship/Celebration, Moderator's Address 

by Moderator James Sluss 
8:00 p.m. — Youth Send-Off 
8:15 p.m. — Fellowship and refreshments 

Tuesday, August 6 

7:00 a.m. — Inter-Church Breakfast (by invitation) 
9:00 a.m. — Inspirational Speaker — Rev. Clarence 

Stogsdill 
10:15 a.m. — Business Session 1 (GCEC & Officer 

Reports, Nominations) 
11:45 a.m. — World Relief Soup Luncheon with Dr. 

Paul Toms speaking (reservation required) 
1:30 p.m. — Workshops: 

The Pastor's Wife as Superwoman, led by Mrs. 

Judy Allison, sponsored by Pastors' Wives 

Teamwork — God's Plan for Believers, led by 

Nellie and Paul Pickard, sponsored by W.M.S. 

Project 2020 for Brethren Missions, sponsored 

by the Missionary Board 

Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts, led by Dan 

Lawson, sponsored by Stewardship Commission 

How to Make Worship Meaningful, led by Dr. 

and Mrs. Ron Sprunger, sponsored by Worship 

Commission 
2:45 p.m. — Auxiliary Sessions 
7:00 p.m. — Worship Hour with Dr. George Sweeting 

Wednesday, August 7 

7:15 a.m. — Pastors' Wives' Fellowship/Continental 
Breakfast (reservation required) 



Wednesday, August 7, cont. 

9:00 a.m. — Worship Hour with Dr. George Sweeting 
10:15 a.m. — Business Session 2 (Elections) 
12:00 noon — Women's Luncheon with Mrs. Nellie 

Pickard speaking (reservation required) 
12:00 noon — Men's Picnic (reservation required) 

7:00 p.m. — Worship Hour with Dr. George Sweeting 

Thursday, August 8 

7:30 a.m. — Brethren Church Ministries Commission 
meetings 

9:00 a.m. — Inspirational Speaker — Dr. Charles 

Munson 
10:15 a.m. — Business Session 3 (Commission, Board 
and Institution Reports) 

1:30 p.m. — Brethren Church Ministries Commission 
Forum 

2:45 p.m. — Auxiliary Sessions 

5:30 p.m. — Missionary Board Banquet (reservation re- 
quired) 

7:00 p.m. — Worship Hour with Rev. K. Prasanth Kumar 
of Brethren Mission in India speaking 

Friday, August 9 

7:30 a.m. — Brethren Church Ministries Commission 

meetings 
9:CX) a.m. — Business Session 4 (Final Reports and 
1992 Budget, Installation of Officers) 
10:30 a.m. — Worship Hour with Moderator-Elect Mar- 

lin McCann speaking 
12:00 noon — Dismissal 



Dr. George Sweeting 
to Address Conference 

Dr. George Sweeting, chancellor of Moody Bible In- 
stitute (MBI), will be the main inspirational speaker for the 
103rd General Conference. Sweeting will speak at the 
Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning and evening 
worship services. 

Before being named chancellor. Dr. Sweeting served as 
the sixth president of MBI from 1971 to 1987. Prior to that 
he had served as senior pastor of Moody Memorial Church 
in Chicago. 

He received a diploma from Moody in 1945 after com- 
pleting the pastor's course. He earned a B.A. from Gordon 
College in 1948 and has done post-graduate work at New 
York University, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, 
and The Art Institute of Chicago. He has received 
honorary doctorates from Gordon-Conwell Theological 
Seminary, Tennessee Temple College, and John Brown 
University. 



His ministry is worldwide in scope, taking him to each 
of the 50 states in the United States and to many foreign 
countries. As a speaker at conventions, colleges, and 
universities, he ministers to a cross-section of society, 

speaking to over 125,000 
people annually. He 
regularly conducts evan- 
gelistic services and is 
motivated by a deep con- 
cern for people, especially 
those in urban centers. 

Dr. Sweeting is heard 
daily on more than 100 
radio stations on the five- 
minute broadcast. Climb- 
ing Higher. He also writes 
a monthly column by the 
same title in Moody 
Monthly magazine. A prolific author, he has written more 
than 20 books, 12 of which are still in print. He is also fea- 
tured in six films produced by Moody Institute of Science. 




June 1991 



11 



General Conference Preview 



1991 Brethren Youth Convention 

Theme — CIA (Christians in Action) 



The 1991 Brethren Youth Convention will be held at 
Mt. Vernon Nazarene College in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, about 
one hour south of Ashland. 

All youth (seventh grade and up) attending the conven- 
tion must have adult sponsors (age 22 or above) — no more 
than five youth to one adult. If both girls and guys are 
attending, both male and female sponsors will be needed. 

Youth and their sponsors must register no later than 
July 10, 1991. No walk-in registrations will be allowed at 
the convention due to reservation deadlines required by 
Mt. Vernon. Use the youth convention registration form 
mailed at the end of May to youth advisors or pastors. (If 
registration forms have been misplaced, call Youth Minis- 
try Coordinator Deb Ritchey at 419-289-1708 no later than 
June 30!) 

Housing Monday through Thursday evenings will be in 
Mt. Vernon. Because the youth convention officially 
begins Monday evening, youth are discouraged from arriv- 
ing in Ashland before Monday afternoon. However, if 
youth or their sponsors will be arriving Sunday, they 



must register for housing in Ashland Sunday evening (no 
housing in Mt. Vernon until Monday) using the adult 
General Conference registration form on the facing page. 

A youth convention check-in table will be open in Ash- 
land Monday from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Look for signs for the 
check-in table in the Convocation Center. At the table 
youth and their adult sponsors will receive convention 
packets containing everything they need to know for the 
week. Plan to check-in in Ashland on Monday afternoon. 

Youth and sponsors will be bused to Mt. Vernon from 
Ashland following a joint Monday evening Worship/Cele- 
bration service. Do not go directly to Mt. Vernon! All 
will return to Ashland by bus on Friday morning in time 
to participate in the closing worship service. Adults trans- 
porting youth from Ashland home should plan to stay at 
Conference until noon Friday to avoid transportation snarls. 

For further questions, consult the Pre-Conference Plan- 
ning Handbook mailed to youth advisors last winter. If you 
have additional questions, call Deb Ritchey at 419-289- 
1708 during business hours. 



General Conference 
Registration Information 

It is important that every person planning to attend Con- 
ference complete a registration form (next page) — even if 
you live in Ashland or are not planning to stay on campus! 

General instructions: 

1. Room rates include sheets and towels. Plan to bring 
your own pillow, washcloths, and extra towels if desired. 

2. We must pay for every bed used, but children accom- 
panying their parents may sleep on the floor in their parents' 
room at no charge. No linen will be provided. Bring a pad or 
sleeping bag. Single rooms have floor space for only one 
child, doubles for two, triples for three. Register early to as- 
sure getting your desired accommodations. There are a 
limited number of triple rooms available. 

3. A meal plan for adults and children is available for 
meals when no banquet is served. The plan includes a full meal, 
salad bar, beverage, unlimited seconds, complete dessert bar. 
Individual meals are: breakfast — $2.95, lunch — $3.95, and 
dinner — $4.95; children under 12 are one-half adult price. 

4. We are happy to offer children's prices for banquets for 
children under 12. Children under 5 are free. 

5. In addition to the Children's Program listed on the 
registration fonn, a nursery and mother's room for younger 
children will be available. Mrs. Sue Rosa and staff will care 
for your babies and toddlers at the following times: Monday 
6:15 p.m. -8: 15 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday mornings 8:45- 
noon; Tuesday through Thursday evenings 6:30-8:45; and 
Wednesday afternoon 12:45 p.m. -2:00 p.m. Tlie rooms will 
be open other times and available for mothers to share the 
responsibility of babysitting. 

Other Information 

Housing — Housing will again be in Amstutz and Kem 
Halls (only Amstutz Hall will be open Sunday night). The 



housing desk will be open Sunday evening from 6:00 until 
9:00.; Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and after the 
evening worship service; Tuesday through Thursday from 
10:00 a.m. until noon and from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.; Friday from 
8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. The 
housing desk will be located in the Convocation Center lobby. 

Camping — Ashland County Fairgrounds, 2042 Clare- 
mont Ave., Ashland. No advance reservation is required for 
camping. Water and electric hookups and restrooms are avail- 
able, but no showers. $7.00 per night; pay on arrival. 

Credentials — General Conference delegate credentials 
should be submitted in person at the earliest possible time to 
assure orderly seating. Credentials will be received in the 
Convocation Center lobby at the following times: Monday 
3:00-6:00 p.m. and one half hour following evening worship 
service; Tuesday -Thursday, 8:30-9:00 a.m. and 6:30-7:00 
p.m.; Friday 8:30-9:00 a.m. 

Non-Delegate Guests — If you are not a delegate, you 
are still invited and very welcome to attend Conference. 
Please complete a reservation form. Delegates' fees are paid 
in advance by their churches. Non-delegate guests are asked 
to check-in at the credential table and pay a nominal fee of 
$5.00. Each guest is then entitled to use of the university 
facilities, a guest name badge, and a Conference packet. 

Offerings — Offerings will be received during the Tues- 
day evening, Wednesday morning, and Wednesday evening 
worship services. Your generous gift helps to cover Con- 
ference costs and will be most appreciated. 

Pastors, you are encouraged to freely copy this informa- 
tion and the registration fonn as a way to encourage a large 
delegation from your church. Thank you for your assistance 
and cooperation in registering by July 22, See you in August! 



More information about the General Conference 
program will be included in the July-August issue 
of the Evangelist. 



12 



The Brethren Evangelist 



See instructions on opposite page. 



Theme: 

"Show the Faith" 



1991 General Conference 

Registration Form 



Monday, August 5, through 
Friday, August 9 



Name 



Address 



City/State/Zip 



Please reserve only one room per form. YOUTH are to 
register through the National BYIC. They should use this form 
only for Sunday night registration if they will arrive on Sunday 
and will need housing in Ashland on Sunday night. NOTE: 
Registration with prepayment by July 22 results in guaran- 
teed reservation. 



Housing: Ashland University 



Dormitory Amstutz* 



Kem 



•Amstutz only dorm available Sunday night 

Floor: Women's restroom Men's 



Rates** 

Single 

Double 



Prepaid by 
July 22 

$13.50 
20.00 



Upon 
arrival 

$15.50 
22.00 



Room type: Single 



Double 



Triple 



Triple 28.00 30.00 

*no charge for children not sleeping in a bed 



Housing costs calculation 

No. nights x rate/night 

X =$ 

No. keys x $10.00 = 

Total housing enclosed = $ 



Nights staying: S M T W Th 

Key deposits: $10.00/key. At least one key per room needed. 
Other preferences: 



CAMPING: Ashland Fairgrounds 

Water and electric hookups, restrooms, no 
showers. $7.00 per night. Pay on arrival. 



Meal and Banquet Reservations: 

Meal Ticket Plan — served in University cafeteria; breakfast Tues. thru Fri.; 
lunch Thurs. and dinner Tues. and Wed. (7 meals). 

No. tickets 

Meal Ticket Plan Adults x $25.65 = $_ 

Children under 12 x $12.90 = 



Meal Ticket Plan 

Banquets (not included above) 

Tues. 11:45 a.m. — World Relief Soup Luncheon 

Wed. 7:15 a.m. Pastors' Wives Continental Break- 
fast/Fellowship 

Wed. noon — Women's Luncheon Adults 

Children under 12 
Children under 5 

Wed. noon — Men's Picnic 



(offering will be taken) 
X $ 2.00 = 



Adults X 

Children under 12 x 

Thurs. eve. — Missionary Board Banquet Adults x 

Children under 12 x 

Children under 5 

NOTE: Reservations for above events are a must due to early deadlines. Tickets 
ordered after July 22 subject to availability. No meal refunds after August 1 . 



7.00 = 
4.25 = 
free 

5.00 = 
3.00 = 

8.50 = 
5.25 = 
free 



-0- 



-0- 



Total Meals and Banquets Enclosed = $_ 



Summary Totals 

Total Housing 

Enclosed = $ 



Total Meals and Ban- 
quets Enclosed = 

Total Children's Pro- 
gram Enclosed = 

Total Enclosed 



Make checks payable to 

General Conference Housing 

Send to: 

General Conference Housing 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, OH 44805 



FOR OFFICE USE ONLY: 

Reg. # 

Date rec. 



Amount rec. 
Check # 



CHILDREN'S PROGRAM (ages 4 years through completed 6th grade): 

Tuesday - Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:45 a.m. to noon. Lunch provided Tuesday - Thursday. 



Family Rates Week Day 

1 child $44.00 $14.00 

2 or more children 66.00 22.00 

Child's Name 



A minimum enrollment of 20 is needed to provide this service. 

No refunds for children's program can be given after July 22 unless 

minimum enrollment is not met. 



Age/Grade 



Days (circle) 
T W Th F 
T W Th F 
T W Th F 



Please attach a note regarding any allergies (especially FOOD), medical conditions, and nap routine. 

Total for Children's Program $ 

Mail this form as soon as possible with payment in full (but no later than July 22). 

Send to: General Conference Housing, 524 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805 



Defining Our Priorities 

Sixth in a series of articles highligiiting the goals for 
local churches recommended by General Conference. 



Goal 5 — Christian Education: Use 

one of the Brethren Church-produced 
courses in 50% of adult Sunday school 
classes (post-high and older) during 
1991. 

Brethren Church Ministries commis- 
sions have produced several fine study 
courses for use in Brethren Sunday 
schools and Bible studies. The purpose 
of this goal is to encourage churches to 
use these products so that Brethren 
people may understand what it means to 
be a Christian called Brethren. 

Spiritual Formation: A Spiritual 
Walk Toward Emmaus ($10.00) was 
introduced at the 1990 General Con- 
ference. The leader's guide for this 
course was written by Drs. Jerry Flora 
and Mary Ellen Drushal at the request 
of the Worship Commission. Its purpose 
is to help believers nurture their inner 
lives in Christ. It uses The Table of In- 
wardness by Calvin Miller ($5.95) as 
the student textbook. A copy of the 
leader's guide was given to each 
Brethren church last year. This course 
has been well-received by those church- 
es that have used it. 

Video curriculum 

The Brethren Church is jointly spon- 
soring with Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary the development of a six-part video 



curriculum. The first course. Theology 
for Life ($100.00), helps lay persons 
understand theology and apply it to 
daily life. It features Dr. Jerry Flora. 
This course is also designed for the in- 
dividual who is interested in pursuing a 
diploma program through the seminary. 
The second course in the video cur- 
riculum will be Know the Word's 
Worth, and will feature Dr. Ben 
Witherington. It will be released this 
summer. 

Other new studies 

Two other new studies are scheduled 
for release this summer. Drs. Dale R. 
Stoffer and Brenda Colijn have teamed 
up to produce Follow Him Gladly: A 
Brethren Course in Discipleship. The 
course is designed for both new and 
mature believers as well as not-yet 
believers who are asking what the 
Christian life is all about. The Message 
of Faith is a new study written by Dr. 
Jerry Flora to help Brethren people be- 
come acquainted with the first half of 
the "Centennial Statement," which was 
approved by the 1983 General Con- 
ference as a summary of what Brethren 
believe. 

Other quality courses produced earlier 
and still available include: A Teaching 
Resource on Brethren History 
($17.95) by Tim Garner and Kerry 



Scott; Romans: The Gospel According 
to Paul (leader's guide, $3.95; student 
textbook, $4.50) by Dr. Arden E. Gil- 
mer; Lessons in Brethren Doctrine 

($.75), by Dr. Richard Kuns, Albert 
Ronk, Smith Rose, Jerry Flora, and John 
Locke; and Abortion: A Study in the 
Word of God (leader's guide, $2.50; 
student workbook, $1.00) by the 1988- 
89 Social Concerns Committee. 

Now is the time to begin plarming 
courses to be used in the fall. Copies of 
all these studies and the accompanying 
student textbooks are available from 
The Brethren Church, Inc., 524 College 
Ave., Ashland, OH 44805. 

— Ronald W. Waters, Director of 
Brethren Church Ministries 



World Relief Is There 

World Relief (WRC) is at work in 
Bangladesh, where nearly 200,000 
people were killed and more than 10 
million seriously affected by a power- 
ful cyclone. WRC provided $10,000 in 
immediate relief aid and is continuing to 
supply food-for-work as survivors build 
roads and drain fields to plant crops. 
People work in exchange for food to eat 
now and seed to plant later. WRC is also 
seeking funds to equip 100 fishermen 
who lost their boats in tlie storm with 
new boats ($500 each), so that they can 
return to work. 

WRC is also at work in the Middle 
East, helping to provide aid for Kurd- 
ish refugees. An initial sum of 
$20,000 was sent in April to a WRC 
team at the Turkish-Iraqi border for 
the purchase of high-protein food to be 
given to the most needy refugees. 
WRC is also recruiting a second team 
of medical and technical experts to 
send to the area. 

Brethren gifts to World Relief help 
support these efforts to provide aid. 



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14 



The Brethren Evangelist 




The Phone 



Really Is For You! 



I ARRIVED at Anderson Univer- 
sity on a bright and breezy 
spring day in 1988. Little did I know 
that this day would change n:\y life. 

I was there to hear Norman Whan 
describe a program he had devel- 
oped called The Phone's For You! Mr. 
Whan explained it as a telemarket- 
ing campaign to canvass a commu- 
nity in order to start a new church or 
to grow an existing one. I remember 
him asking, "If you could not fail, 
what would you do for Christ?" 

With The Phone's For You! 
workbook in hand and a renewed 
vision in my heart, I headed back to 
Ohio and to the Ohio District Mis- 
sion Board. The result has been the 
founding of the Northview Brethren 
Life Church in Springboro, Ohio. 

A proven method 

777^ Phone's For You! was first used 
in January 1986 to start a Friends 
Church in California. In the five 
years since, more than 4,000 church- 
es have been started by more than 
90 denominations in North America. 
More than 40 million calls have been 
made resulting in more than 400,000 
unchurched people now attending 
church. Most important of all, more 
than 65,000 people have made sig- 
nificant decisions about Christ. In 
the first two years at Northview 
Brethren Life Church, more than 50 
decisions for Christ were made! 

777^ Phone's For You! is an attempt 
to start a church large enough to 
bypass as many of the plateaus of 
church growth as possible. Norm 
Whan took his expertise as a 
marketing consultant and put 

Rev. Westfall is pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Pleasant Hill, 
Ohio. For several years he chaired the 
Ohio District Mission Board. 

June 1991 



together a telemarketing tool to 
reach the lost. 

Two marketing strategies and one 
spiritual strategy form the founda- 
tion of the program. The first mar- 
keting strategy is The Law of Large 
Numbers: If you do A, B, and C long 
enough, D will almost always result. 

Norm has discovered that if you 
make phone calls to enough people, 
approximately ten percent of them 
will voice an interest in your church. 
If you then mail five pieces of litera- 
ture and make a second phone call 
to those who expressed an interest 
in your church on the initial call, ten 
percent of them will come to the first 
service (five percent for an estab- 
lished church). So if you make 
20,000 dial-ups, you will get 2,000 
homes on your mailing list and will 
have 200 people at the first service. 

The second marketing strategy is 
The Rule of Six Before It Sticks. Ac- 
cording to this rule, a person needs 
to come into contact with a product 
at least six times before he or she 
will consider purchasing it. With The 
Phone's For You! seven contacts are 
made before the first service (or 
before the celebration service in the 
case of an established church). This 
includes the initial phone call, five 
mailings to those who expressed an 
interest telling them about your 
church, and a second call inviting 
them to the service. 

"It won't work without prayer" 

The spiritual strategy used in this 
program is prayer. Norm Whan 
adamantly proclaims, "It won't 
work without prayer! It starts and 
ends with prayer! I talk about pro- 
grams and processes, methods and 
systems, laws and science, market- 
ing and advertising, but I know 
none of it counts if we don't bathe it 



By Robert Westfall 

all in fervent prayer" {The Phone's 
For You! by Norman W. Whan, May 
1990 revised edition, p. 78). 

A six-step process 

TJte Phone's For You! involves a six- 
step process: (1) preparation, (2) ini- 
tial calling, (3) mailing, (4) call 
backs, (5) first or celebration service, 
and (6) follow-up. Each step is care- 
fully outlined in the manual. In fact, 
the newly revised manual not only 
lays out the telemarketing cam- 
paign, it also includes sections on 
preparing for growth in the existing 
church, budgets and schedules, and 
resources to help you succeed. 
Whan now subtitles it. The Complete 
Church Growth Workbook That Works! 

The Phone's For You! can be used to 
plant a new church, grow an exist- 
ing church, increase Sunday school 
attendance, activate an inactive 
membership list, increase attend- 
ance at a special event, or increase 
effectiveness of a capital funds cam- 
paign. I have used it at Pleasant Hill 
to canvass the town to get prospects 
for evangelistic visitation. 

Remember, the telemarketing ap- 
proach is only one tool among many 
that God can use to reach the un- 
reached. Every Christian should be 
willing to use any and all methods 
that would be effective in fulfilling 
The Great Commission. The Apostle 
Paul proclaimed, "I have become all 
things to all men so that by all pos- 
sible means I might save some (I 
Cor. 9:22, niv). Paul was committed 
to using every available means to 
reach the world for Jesus. May we 
have the same passion! [j] 

The Phone's For You workbook which in- 
cludes two training videos and four audio 
cassettes, can be borrowed from the Mis- 
sionary Board of tlie Brethren Cfiurch, 524 
Collie Ave., Ashland, OH 44805. 

15 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Nigerian Church Leader is Speaker 
At Southeastern District Conference 



Linwood, Md. — Rev. Toma 
Ragnjiya, a student at Ashland 
Theological Seminary and a leader in 
the Nigerian Brethren church, was 
the featured speaker at the South- 
eastern District Spring Conference, 
held Saturday, April 27, at the Lin- 
wood Brethren Church. 

Rev. Toma spoke on the topic "I Am 
Not Ashamed of the Gospel," using 




District W.M.S. President Christine Moyers presents a check for 
$825 for the Mountain View Brethren Church to Charles Beekley, 
pastor of the new congregation. 

Romans 1:16-17 as his text. He 
described the people of Nigeria and 
the ways his church min- 
isters to the needs of the 
people. He noted that 
each ministry provides an 
opportunity for sharing 
the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
Toma concluded with a 
challenge to delegates to 
become actively involved 
in sharing the gospel in 
the situations of daily life, 
and not to leave all the 
work to the pastors. 

A total of 82 delegates 
were seated (including five 
elders in absentia). In ad- 
dition, 36 guests were reg- 
istered and about 30 youth 
participated in the con- 
current youth conference. 

Jean Shank completed 
her year as moderator by 
chairing the conference 
sessions. District and 
denominational reports 
occupied much of the con- 
ference schedule. 

16 



Dr. Harold Bamett was installed as 
the new district moderator. Officers 
elected by the conference included: 
moderator-elect. Rev. Patrick Velan- 
zon; secretary, Odessa Shelton; as- 
sistant secretary. Dee Keplinger; 
treasurer, Samuel H. Hinkle, Jr.; as- 
sistant treasurer, Alvin Vann; and ex- 
ecutive committee members at-large, 
Linda Beekley and Kathy Velanzon. 
During the con- 
ference, the dis- 
trict Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society 
President Chris- 
tine Moyers pre- 
sented Pastor 
Charles Beekley 
with a check for 
$825 for the new 
Mountain View 
Brethren Church 
in Frederick, Md. 
She noted that it 
is a "first install- 
ment." 

The afternoon 
session included a 
presentation of 1 1 
colorful banners 
made by 10 con- 
gregations emphasizing the con- 
ference theme, "Show the Faith." 




A characteristic smile lights up Rev. Toma 
Ragnjiya's face as he addresses the South- 
eastern District Conference. 

Each church also offered a related 
hymiVsong which was sung by the 
conference or presented as special 
music by individuals from the church. 
The fall conference will be hosted by 
the Bethlehem Brethren Church in 
Harrisonburg, Va., September 28. Dr. 
Ron and Linda Sprunger of Ashland 
Theological Seminary will be the fea- 
tured speaker^worship leaders. The 
spring 1992 conference gathering is 
tentatively scheduled to be held in 
Hagerstown, Md., on April 25. 

— Ronald W. Waters 




Brethrenfrom the Oak Hill, W. Va., First Brethren Church make their special presentation to the conference. 
Behind and to the left of them are three of the 1 1 theme banners made for the conference. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



Ashland Theological Seminary Breaks Ground 
For George Solomon Memorial Library Addition 



Ashland, Ohio — Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary broke ground May 10 
for an addition to its library. 

The addition will be dedicated to the 
memory of Rev. George Solomon, a 
former pastor and leader in The 
Brethren Church and a long-time 
friend of Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary. 

Rev. Bradley Weidenhamer, Head 
Librarian for the seminai:^, turned 
the first shovelful of dirt, as trustees, 
faculty, staff, and students looked on. 
Before breaking ground, Weiden- 
hamer reported that when the semi- 
nary was first moved to the Center 
Street location in 1958, the library 
had only 5,000 volumes. These were 
housed in the garage section of the 
Myers estate, which was being ren- 
ovated for the seminary. 

By the fall of 1965, when the cur- 
rent Roger Darling library was com- 
pleted, the collection numbered 
10,000 volumes. Today the library 
houses over 71,000 items, and the 
new addition will provide space for 
another 30,000 volumes, as well as 
more space for study and research. 

The new addition will add 2,500 
square feet to the existing library and 
will house the theology and church 
history collection. It is being con- 



structed on the south side of the semi- 
nary building, adjacent to the former 
classroom section. Construction is 
under the direction of Jennings and 



Churella of Wellington, Ohio, at an 
estimated cost of $215,000. 

The library staff is also in the 
process of putting the book, author, 
and subject indexes for the entire 
library on computer files. When this 
is completed, students well be able to 
use four computer terminals to locate 
books in the library. 




Ashland Theological Seminary Head Librarian Bradley Weidenhamer turns the first shovel- 
fiil of dirt while (I. to r.) Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, president of Ashland Universiry and Seminary; 
Richard Van Auken, chair of the All Board of Trustees; Thomas Stoffer, chair of the seminary 
committee of the Board of Trustees; and Professor Ben Witherington, chair of the ATS library 
committee, look on. 



N. Manchester First Brethren 
Dedicates Reconditioned Piano 

North Manchester, Ind. — The 

North Manchester First Brethren 
Church dedicated its newly recondi- 
tioned grand piano on Sunday, April 
7, during the morning worship service. 

Special guests for the service were 
former members Margaret (Kindley) 
Dean and Don Ruse, both accom- 
plished musicians. 

Mrs. Dean, the daughter of Rev. 
and Mrs. Clarence Kindley, played 
the prelude and also a medley of old 
hymns on the reconditioned piano. 

Mr. Ruse, son of deacon and deacon- 
ess Wayne and Kathleen Ruse, pre- 
sented special music on both the piano 
and organ and played the organ post- 
lude. His son, Joel, also played the 
piano during the service. 

Other special music for the service 
included numbers by the Junior 
Choir, the Carillon Bells, and the 
Adult Choir. Pastor Marlin McCann 
gave a meditation during the service. 

June 1991 



The cost to recondition the Mason- 
Hamlin gn^and piano was $4,300. This 
included making all necessary repairs 
and replacements to the interior of 
the piano plus refinishing the exter- 
ior. This was considerably less than 
the cost of buying a new grand piano. 



Funds for the renovation were 
raised by the music committee of the 
church, which prepared and served a 
"full-meal deal" to more than 150 
people in July 1990, with $5,500 being 
received from the meal and in gifts. 
— reported by Mary E. Ayres 




The piano rededication service, with Margaret Dean at the piano (I); Don Ru.se at the organ 
(r.); and Pastor Marlin McCann at the pulpit. Photo by Mary E. Ayres. 

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UPDATE 



New Video Library at Goshen First Brethren 
Dedicated in Memory of David Slabaugh 



Goshen, Ind. — For the past several 
months the Goshen Fhst Brethren 
Church has been reaping the benefits 
of a video Hbrary that was dedicated 
in February in loving memory of 
former youth leader David Slabaugh. 

Though killed in an automobile ac- 
cident on October 30, 1989, at the age 
of 26, David's memory and influence 
will continue to live on through this 
library. In addition to providing many 
hours of wholesome entertainment 
for the youth, the library will remind 
the adults of the church that David 
believed that young people are the 
future of the church and that they 
should be nurtured and showered 
with love and praise. 

The video library, which currently 
has 96 titles, is one of the busiest 
places in the church building on Sun- 
day mornings. Prominently displayed 
in the library is a portrait of David, 
done by his brother-in-law, David 
Rowser. Written on David's lapel in 
the portrait are the words, "It Is Swell 
With My Soul," a Christian hjrmn he 
loved to sing his way. 

During his brief life, David touched 
many lives. He had a joyful spirit and 
a warm and sensitive heart, and he 
shared his light in a caring way that 



made both young and old feel loved. 
Though powerfully built physically, 
he radiated a kindness that you 
sensed the moment you met him and 
heard his wonderful laugh. 
David openly expressed a deep and 



thoughtful faith that could see God 
every^vhere. He chose to share his 
time on earth working with the youth 
of his church and the denomination. 

Though his death is still difficult to 
accept, this library adds some mean- 
ing to his passing. He will be remem- 
bered each time someone views his 
portrait, and in those memories David 
will continue to cause many to smile. 
— Peggy Miller 




David Slabaugh 's portrait is prominently displayed in the video library dedicated in his 
memory, reminding all who use the library of his joyful spirit. 



Deacons and Deaconesses from New Lebanon 
Gain Insight, Group Spirit at Deacon Retreat 

New Lebanon, Ohio — Sixteen dea- 
cons and deaconesses from the Breth- 
ren Church in New Lebanon along 
with Pastor Jim and Susie Black en- 
joyed an exciting retreat on Friday 
evening and Saturday, April 12 and 
13, at Hueston Woods Lodge near Ox- 
ford, Ohio. 

The purpose of the retreat was to 
consider the responsibilities of dea- 
cons and deaconesses and to examine 
the relationship between deacons/ 
deaconesses and the pastor. Rev. Bill 
Kemer, former Director of Pastoral 
Ministries for The Brethren Chvirch, 
and his wife, Trudy, served as facili- 
tators for the retreat sessions. 

The opening session of the retreat 
focused on the selection process for 
deacons and deaconesses, since the 
church at New Lebanon plans to 
select additional deacons this year. 
The group spent time studying the 
scriptural qualifications for deacons 
and elders set forth in I Timothy 3 and 

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Titus 1. It was 

noted that among 

other qualifications 

a deacon is to be 

filled with the Spirit, love the Lord 

with all his heart, be the husband of 

one wife, have a good reputation in 

the community, manage his home and 

family well, and — most of all — be a 

person above reproach. 

The next session focused on the 
responsibilities of deacons. The em- 
phasis of this session was on servant- 
hood: the deacon is to be a servant of 
God and of the church family. The 
deacons' responsibilities also include 
providing spiritual leadership and 
helping with the ordinances of bap- 
tism, laying on of hands. Communion, 
and anointing for healing. 

In the final session. Rev. Kemer 
looked at the relationship between 
deacons and the pastor. He em- 
phasized that they are to be partners 
and co-workers in the Lord's work. 
Deacons should help the pastor in 
making annual visits to the member- 
ship and in ministering to the physi- 
cal and spiritual needs of the congre- 



gation. In this session considerable 
emphasis was also given to the need 
for deacons to be people of prayer — 
praying for the pastor and his family, 
for the ministry of the church, and for 
individuals within the church family. 

In addition to gaining new insights 
from the discussion sessions, the 
deacons, deaconesses, pastor, and 
pastor's wife found this retreat set- 
ting to be a great way to relax to- 
gether, to spend time sharing with 
one another, to become a closer-knit 
group, and to develop group goals and 
the means to reach those goals. They 
encourage other Brethren churches to 
plan similar retreats. 

The 16 deacons and deaconesses 
who attended the retreat were Tom 
and Alice Blosser, Kermit and Helen 
Bowser, Perry and Merle Deeter, Jim 
and Wanda Eck, Jim and Sonya 
Foust, Catherine King, Howard and 
Jane Metzger, Don and Mary Ann 
Rusk, and Bob Yordy. 

— reported by Don Rusk 

One good deed is worth more than a 
thousand good intentions. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



Rev. Brad Hardesty Installed as Pastor 
Of the New Paris First Brethren Church 



New Paris, Ind. — Rev. Brad Har- 
desty was installed on Sunday, April 
7, as pastor of the New Paris First 
Brethren Church. 

The installation sei^ice was held on 
Sunday afternoon following a carry-in 
dinner at which the New Paris con- 
gregation officially welcomed the new 
pastor and his family and gave them 
a grocery shower. 

After the dinner, pastor and congre- 
gation returned to the sanctuary for 
the installation service, during which, 
as Pastor Emeritus Bob Bischof put it, 
Rev. Hardesty was "plugged in." 

Moderator Dean Morehouse was 
the worship leader for the service; 
New Paris members Eleanor More- 
house and Joyce Gaskin served as 
pianist and chorister respectively; 
and Rev. Bischof read scripture. Rev. 
Tirn Garner, pastor of the Elkhart, 
Ind., First Brethren Church, de- 
livered a message in which he re- 
minded all those in attendance that 
ministry is a shared experience. 

Rev. Gene Eckerley, pastor of the 
Mishawaka Community Brethren 
Church and Indiana District Elder, 



gave the challenge to pastor and con- 
gregation, after which all joined 
hands for a circle of prayer and sang 
"Soldiers of Christ, Arise" to conclude 
the service. 

Rev. Hardesty began filling the pul- 
pit at New Paris with no intention of 
becoming pastor of the congregation, 



but the Lord intervened and brought 
him and the congregation together. 
Rev. Hardesty is a 1985 graduate of 
Ashland Theological Seminary 
(M. Div. degree) and served the Mill- 
edge ville, 111., Brethren Church first 
as youth pastor and then as senior 
pastor, and following this the Wind- 
ing Waters Brethren Church as as- 
sociate pastor. 

Rev. Hardesty and his wife, Jan, 
have two children, Rebekah (5) and 
Amanda (3). 




Joining hands with Pastor Brad Hardesty (far r.) during the circle of prayer are (I. to r. ) 
Pastor Emeritus Bob Bischof Rev. Gene Eckerley, and Rev. Tim Garner. Photo by Chuck Treadway. 



"Rescue Team" Gives Power Demonstration 
April 19th at Oakville First Brethren Church 

Oakville, Ind. — The First Brethren 
Church of Oakville witnessed a 
dramatic demonstration of both phys- 
ical and spiritual power on April 19, 
when it hosted the Rescue Team. 

The Rescue Team is a group of four 
young men who use astounding feats 
of physical strength to captivate an 
audience so that they can share their 
powerful Christian testimonies. The 
four men tell how Jesus rescued their 
lives and how He can save others, 
even those who think they are beyond 
help. 

The audience sat amazed as they 
watched members of the Rescue Team 
break concrete blocks with their 
heads and hands, bend steel bars 
which they held in their mouths, and 
explode hot water bottles as if they 
were balloons. Each feat was not just 
a show of strength, but also an il- 
lustration of how God can break the 
bonds that Satan has put on our lives. 

Michael McCullough, one of the 
members of Rescue Team, said, "Our 
ministry is primarily aimed at reach- 
ing the youth of America. We want to 

June 1991 



show them that God 
is their answer to the 
abundant life they 
are seeking. . . . We 
want to show them that Satan is a liar 
and that God is truth." 

At the conclusion of the program, 
approximately 50 of the 175 people in 
attendance went forward to receive 
Christ for the first time or for 
rededication or healing. Dr. Dan Law- 
son, pastor of the Oakville Church 



said, "Tonight, we experienced a true 
revival." 

— reported by Teresa Blevins 

For more information about the Rescue Team or for 

bookings, contact Mr. McCullough at 1-317-529-4669. 



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At left, one of 
the Rescue Team 
members demon- 
strates physical 
power. Above, 
Oakville Pastor 
Dan Lawson tries 
his hand at bend- 
ing a rod. 

Photos by 
Teresa Blevins 

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UPDATE 



Four Young Women Scheduled to Serve 
As 1991 Pennsylvania District Crusaders 



Ashland, Ohio — The Breth- 
ren Church and the Pennsyl- 
vania District Board of Chris- 
tian Education have announced 
the 1991 Pennsylvania District 
Crusaders. 

Serving this summer will be 
Paula Cravener, Tammy Porter, 
Wendy Barr, and Jodi Kepple. 
All are active in the Sarver 
Brethren Church. Directing the 
district program will be Linda 
Barr, also of Sarver. 

The purpose of District Cru- 
sader teams is to give high school 
age young people opportunity to 
experience ministry for a short 
period of time outside as well as 
inside their local church. 

This summer the Pennsyl- 
vania District team will spend 
one week assisting with vacation 
Bible school at the Cameron 
Church and one week assisting with 
elementary week at Camp Peniel. 

Paula is 17 years old and will be a 
senior in high school in the fall. She is 
active in BYIC and the Sarver Breth- 




The 1991 Pennsylvania District Summer Crusaders 
r.): Paula Cravener, Tammy Porter, Wendy Barr, and 
Kepple. 

ren Church. She serves as assistant 
Sunday school secretary and as assist- 
ant secretary for BYIC. She is a 
second-year District Crusader. 
Tammy is also 17 years old and will 



be a senior at Butler High School in 
the fall, where she is active in the 
German Club. She attends Sarver 
Brethren Church, where she is active 
in the youth group and has provided 
special music for worship serv- 
ices. She is serving her second 
year as a District Crusader. 

Wendy is 17 years old and will 
be a senior in high school in the 
fall. She is actively involved in 
the Sarver Brethren Church, 
where she provides special 
music. She serves as president of 
the local BYIC group and 
reporter for the Pennsylvania 
District. Last year she served as 
captain of the District Crusader 
team. 

Jodi is 18 years old. She is a 
1991 high school graduate and 
served as captain of the drill 
team for two years. This fall she 
will be attending Ashland 
University as a freshman with a 
' ■ ^. major in psychology. She is ac- 
° ' tive in the Sarver Brethren 
Church and BYIC. She serves as 
treasurer of the local youth group and 
as Pennsylvania District Represent- 
ative to the National BYIC Council. 
This is her second summer as a Dis- 
trict Crusader. 



Eight Brethren Receive Degrees 
During Ashland Commencement 

Ashland, Ohio — Eight students 
from Brethren churches received 
degrees from Ashland University on 
May 1 1 at the university's 1 13th com- 
mencement. 

Weldon W. Case presented the ad- 
dress for the ceremony, speaking on 
the topic "You Don't Have to be Bad 
to be Good." Until his recent retire- 
ment, Case was chairman of the board 
and chief executive officer of ALLTEL 
Coi^joration, one of the nation's lead- 
ing telecommunications companies. 
He is also an Ashland University trus- 
tee and served as national chairman 
of the university's successful $14 mil- 
lion Partnership in Excellence capital 
campaign. Prior to his address, Mr. 
Case was awarded an honorary Doc- 
tor of Laws degree by the university. 

A total of 996 students were award- 
ed degrees during the ceremony. The 
Brethren students receiving diplomas 
were as follows: 

Amy Lynn Courtright received a 
Bachelor of Science in Business Ad- 
ministration degree in marketing. 
Amy is the daughter of Gary and 
Janis Courtright of Ashland, and at- 

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tends the Ashland Park Street Breth- 
ren Chvirch. 

Keri L. Kurlinski received a Bach- 
elor of Arts degree cum laude with a 
double major in general theatre and 
music theory. She and her parents. 
Dale and Wanda Kurlinski of North 
Canton, Ohio, are members of the 
Canton Trinity Brethren Church. 

William Carl Martin received a 
Bachelor of Science degree in biology. 
He is the son of Mrs. Shirley Martin 
of Newark, Ohio, and a member of the 
Newark Brethren Church. 

Beth Naff Maurer received a Bach- 
elor of Arts degree cum laude with 
majors in Spanish and religion. Beth 
is the wife of Brian Maurer, a 1990 AU 
graduate, and the daughter of Rev. 
and Mrs. James Naff of Woodstock, 
Va. Beth and Brian are members of 
the Ashland Garber Brethren Church. 

Vivian Jacquette Gray Rhoades 
received a Bachelor of Science in Busi- 
ness Administration degree in mar- 
keting and a Bachelor of Arts degree 
in religion, graduating magna cum 
laude. She is a member of the Ashland 
Park Street Brethren Church and the 
mother of two grade school age chil- 
dren. She plans to continue her educa- 
tion at Ashland Theological Seminary. 

Ellen Holloman Schaue received a 



Bachelor of Science in Education de- 
gree with majors in speech pathology 
and audiology, graduating magna 
cum laude. She is the wife of Eric 
Schave, who will be a senior next year 
at AU, and the daughter of Mrs. 
Donna Holloman of Lexington, Ohio. 
Ellen and Eric are members of the 
Ashland Park Street Brethren 
Church and are both employed at the 
Juvenile Detention Center in Ash- 
land. In the fall Ellen will enter Akron 
University to begin work on a mas- 
ter's degree in speech therapy. 

Stephanie Van Meter received a 
Bachelor of Arts degree with a public 
communications major. She is the 
daughter of Tom and Nancy Van 
Meter, and she and her parents are 
members of the Ashland Park Street 
Brethren Church. 

Rebecca Elaine Williams received a 
Bachelor of Science in Education de- 
gree with a major in English. She and 
her parents, Steve and Sharon Wil- 
liams, are members of the Roanoke, 
Ind., First Brethren Church. 

The invocation and benediction for 
the commencement were offered by 
Jack M. Brant, a member of the Ber- 
lin, Pa., Brethren Church and the 
Ashland University trustee from the 
Pennsylvania District. 

The Brethren Evangeust 



Little Crusader 



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Jesus said, *'Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven** (Matt. 19:14). 



WHAT IS HELL? 



9 



Lots of kids wonder, "Is hell real?" "What is hell like?" and "Where is it?" Sometimes 
kids are afraid to ask these questions. And if they do ask, sometimes grown-ups don't 
know what to answer. At other times, grown-ups mistakenly give children answers that 
may not be right. Grown-ups may describe hell from pictures that someone drew or from 
what they heard someone else say about hell. But what is true about hell needs to come 
from the Bible. 

According to the Bible, hell is a place. But more than a place, hell is a way of being. 
It is being separated from God. At times even here on earth we feel separated from God 
and alone. But God is still with us. Imagine, then, what it would feel like to be truly and 
wholly separated from God's love. 

We don't have many details about what hell is like. People have imagined all kinds 
of things, but Jesus said that hell is: 

— a place where people will weep and gnash their teeth (Matt. 22:1 3; 24:51 ; 25:30); 

— everlasting punishment for those who reject God's love (Matt. 25:41 , 46). 

The Bible uses many names for hell: "The outer darkness," "Gehenna," "Sheol," and 
"the Pit." Basically, God seems to want us to understand that hell is a horrible place and 
a horrible way to live. 

We don't know exactly where hell is, just as we don't know exactly where heaven 
is. Maybe they are "places" so different that God cannot describe where they are in a 
way that people can understand. 

When Jesus came to life again after His death on the cross. He was different. His 
friend Thomas felt the nail holes in Jesus' hands and the wound mark in His side, but 
Jesus could also appear and disappear right before their eyes. This is not the kind of 
aliveness we know. Heaven and hell must be different from what we know too. 

Thankfully, if you know Jesus and if you know God's love and forgiveness which 
come through Jesus, then you don't need to worry about hell. Christian grown-ups spend 
a lot of time telling people about Jesus and about God's love so that those people won't 
have to worry about hell either. 

But the real reward of being a Christian is not just staying out of hell. The real reward 
is not even just going to heaven, though I am sure that we will enjoy all the blessings 
there. The real reward is growing in knowledge of the great love God has for us 
and living a life with Him and for Him. 



June 1991 



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UPDATE 



Mary Ellen Drushal Named Dean 
Of Ashland Theological Seminary 



Ashland, Ohio — Dr. Mary Ellen 
Drushal has been named academic 
dean of Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary, effective July 1. 

Dr. Drushal joined the seminary fa- 
culty as associate professor of Chris- 
tian education in 1984 and was later 
named associate dean for continuing 
education as well as director of the 
Cleveland extension of the seminary. 
As associate dean, she designed and 
implemented such programs as the 
Master of Arts in Church Administra- 
tion and a non-degree certificate/ 
diploma program for laity in the church. 

Currently a member of the Ashland 
Park Street Brethren Church, she 
grew up in the Loree Brethren Church 
near Bunker Hill, Ind., and served for 
a time as director of music and special 
education projects at the Smithville, 
Ohio, Brethren Church. 

She was the 1990 General Confer- 



ence mod- 
erator for 
The Breth- 
ren Church, 
and in this 
position led a 
denomina- 
tional plan- 
ning retreat 
in November 
1989. She is a 
consultant 
for a number 
of Brethren 
churches in 
the area of long-range planning and 
Christian education, as well as serv- 
ing as the principal investigator for 
CALM (Church Administration for 
Leadership and Management) a re- 
search project studying the effective- 
ness of local church leaders. 

She holds a Bachelor of Music de- 




gree in music education from Ashland 
University, a Master of Science de- 
gree in curriculum and supervision 
from Peabody College, and a Ph.D. in 
educational leadership from Vander- 
bilt University. 

Before joining the seminary faculty 
in 1984, Mrs. Drushal served as direc- 
tor of Christian education at two Pres- 
byterian churches in Nashville, Tenn. 
She was a graduate teaching scholar 
at Peabody College and a seminar 
leader with the International Center 
for Learning in Glendale, Calif. 

Dr. Drushal is the author of the 
recently published text. On Tablets of 
Human Hearts, and the co-author of 
Team Ministry: A Shared Approach to 
Church Leadership, which is due to be 
released soon. 

She is married to J. Michael 
Drushal, assistant professor of busi- 
ness administration and coordinator 
for academic computing at Ashland 
University. They have two children, 
Lori, a junior at the University of 
Toledo, and Jeffrey, a senior at Ash- 
land High School. 



Two Brethren Receive Degrees 
During ATS Commencement 

Ashland, Ohio — Two Brethren stu- 
dents and two Church of the Brethren 
students with ties to The Brethren 
Church received degrees from Ash- 
land Theological Seminary at the 
May 19 commencement ceremony. 

Margaret F. Oliver, a member of the 
Ashland Park Street Brethren Church, 
received both a Master of Arts degree 
and a Master of Arts in Christian 
Education degree. Of non-Brethren 
background, she joined Park Street 
Church while a student at the semi- 
nary. She is a 1986 graduate of Ash- 
land University, where she now 
teaches part-time in the philosophy 
department. 

John Randall Saultz, also a mem- 
ber of the Ashland Park Street Breth- 
ren Church, received the Master of 
Divinity degree in Pastoral Counsel- 
ing. A former member and ordained 
pastor in the Churches of Christ in 
Christian Union, Randy began serv- 
ing the Park Street congregation as 
the church's minister to the Ashland 
University campus while a student at 
the seminary. He has since joined the 
Park Sreet congregation and current- 
ly serves the church as associate pas- 
tor. He is married, and he and his 
wife, Nita, have a daughter, Karissa 
Jo, who will be a year old this month 
(June). 

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Glenn Wayne Grumbling, a mem- 
ber of the Church of the Brethren, 
received the Master of Divinity de- 
gree. Wayne, the son of Rev. and Mrs. 
Glenn Grumbling of Wabash, Ind. 
(College Corner Brethren Church), 
grew up in The Brethren Church and 
was most recently a member of the 
Waterloo, Iowa, First Brethren con- 
gregation. While completing his semi- 
nary degree, he began pastoring the 
Mohican Church of the Brethren near 
West Salem, Ohio, where he con- 
tinues to serve. He and his wife, 
Jayne, have two children, Joshua (7) 
and Kristy (4). 

Toma H. Ragnjiya, a member of the 
Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, 
received the Master of Arts degree. 



Toma has visited several Brethren 
churches, spoke at the 1990 General 
Conference and at least one district 
conference, attended Brethren Pas- 
tors* Conference, and is known and 
loved by many Brethren. Before com- 
ing to ATS, Toma served as General 
Secretary of the Church of the Breth- 
ren in Nigeria. He will return to 
Nigeria this month. 

A total of 88 students received de- 
grees. The speaker for the service was 
Dr. James Earl Massey, dean of Ander- 
son University School of Theology and 
known to many as the former speaker 
on the Christian Brotherhood Hour. 
Dr. Massey was awarded an Honor- 
ary Doctor of Divinity degree by the 
seminary during the ceremony. 



Goshen Brethren Display Talent 
During Sunday Evening Program 

Goshen, Ind. — A recent Sunday 
evening talent search program at the 
Goshen First Brethren Church re- 
sulted in a variety of entertainment 
and a crowd considerably larger than 
normally expected for a Sunday eve- 
ning service. 

The evening's activities, which 
were sponsored by the Board of Chris- 
tian Education of the church, began 
with a fellowship meal which was fol- 
lowed by a line-up of stars that daz- 
zled the audience. Performers ranged 
in age from toddlers to senior citizens. 



The entertainment included such 
hit songs as "You Can't Go to Church 
Because the Church is You," a rap 
version of "It's Not Enuff," and the 
missionary prayer, "Please, God, 
Don't Send Me to Africa." The audi- 
ence was also enthralled by a Lucy 
Lovelorn soap opera episode and fas- 
cinated by the youth as they played 
their favorite stomach acid charac- 
ters. 

In addition to providing the Goshen 
Brethren an evening of entertain- 
ment and good fellowship, the talent 
search program also reminded them 
again of the many gifts and abilities 
the Lord has given their congregation. 
— reported by Peggy Mill-er 

The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



From 
The 




Grape 
Vine 



Florence Harris, a member of the First 
Brethren Church of North Manchester, Ind., 
celebrated her 100th birthday on March 15. 
Members of the North Manchester Church 
joined other friends of Mrs. Harris at the 
Peabody Retirement Community, where 
she lives, to help her celebrate this special 
occasion. Mrs. Harris joined the North 
Manchester Brethren congregation in 19 1 8. 

Both the valedictorian, Stephanie Lyn 
Brant, and the salutatorian, Jeremy Wil- 
liam Hay, of this year's graduating class of 
the Berlin Brothersvalley High School are 
members of the Berlin, Pa., Brethren 
Church. Stephanie, daughter of Robert and 
Nancy Brant, has been active in the Senior 
Bell Choir at the Berlin Church. Jeremy, 
son of William and Ellen Hay, has been 
active in Senior Choir, Senior Bell Choir, 
and served as treasurer of the youth group. 
Both students are also listed in Who's Who 
Among American High School Students. 

Tlie Senior High Sunday school class of 
the North Georgetown, Ohio, First 



Brethren Church raised $186 from a May 
18 car wash. The money will go for the 
support of a child through the Christian 
Children's Fund. 

The Board of Trustees of Ashland 
University approved the largest budget in 
the school's history at its May 10 meeting. 
The budget for the 1991-92 academic year 
was set at $37,555,824. 

Sunday, May 19, was observed as Youth 
Sunday at the Milledgeville, 111., First 
Brethren Church. The youth took care of 



all responsibilities during the service except 
the sermon, which was delivered by Youth 
Pastor Ryan Gordan. 

Ross and Norma Trump, members of 
the Roann, Ind., First Brethren Church, 
presented an "evangelistic ministry in 
music" for the W.M.S. Public Service on 
Sunday morning, April 21, at the North 
Manchester, Ind., First Brethren Church. 

The American Bible Society is celebrat- 
ing, this year, 175 years of Bible distribu- 
tion in the United States and abroad. 




West Alexandria, Ohio — Members of the First Brethren Church of West Alexandria broke 
ground Sunday afternoon, April 28, for a shelterhouse to be constructed on church property 
located south of West Alexandria. A dedication service was also held for the property, which 
was purchased several years ago as a future building site for a new church facility. The 
shelterhouse will include a kitchen and restrooms. Pastor David Oligee led the ground-breaking 
service, andCeron Painter read Scripture. — reported by Luella Painter; photo by Audrey Gilbert. 



In Memory 

Myrtle E. Heck Beard, 90, May 19. Member for 
52 years and deaconess at the Hagerstown Breth- 
ren Church, where she was also a member of the 
W.M.S. and had directed the junior choir. Serv- 
ices by Pastor Harold E. Bamett. 
Betty Jean Golliday, 54, May 9. Member of the 
Maurcrtown Brethren Church. Services by Pas- 
tor Richard Cravcr. 

Marie A. Frantz, 85, May 2. Member of the 
North Manchester First Brethren Church. 
Services by Pastor Marlin McCann. 
R. Dale Beard, 69, May 1. Member of the St. 
James Brethren Church, where he served as an 
usher. Services by Pastor Brian H. Moore. 
Catherine Irene Crushong, 77, April 23. 
Longtime member of the Linwood Brethren 
Church. Services by Pastor Robert Keplinger 
assisted by Rev. Hays Logan. 
Gertie Newendyke, 83, April 1 4. Member of the 
Milledgeville Brethren Church and W.M.S. 
Services by Pastor Kenneth Sullivan. 
Lester Guyer, 80, April 12. Member of the Flora 
First Brethren Church. Services by Pastor Alvin 
Grumbling. 

Woodrow Robertson, 79, April 12. Member of 
the Rora First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pa.st()r Alvin Grumbling. 

June 1991 



Jimmy Lee Swope, 55, April 10. Member for 13 

years of the Sarasota First Brethren Church and 

former church custodian. Services by Pastor Dan 

Gray assisted by Dr. J.D. Hamel. 

Dr. C. Gilbert Nally, March 14. Member of the 

Washington, D.C., Brethren Church, where he 

served as organist and pianist. Memorial service 

by Pastor John B. Mills. 

Clifford Hawley, 85, March 8. Member of the 

West Alexandria First Brethren Church. Services 

by Pastor Dave Oligee. 

Weddings 

Joy Elizabeth Miller to Geoffrey Richard 
Madden, June 1, at the Loree Brethren Church; 
Pastor Claude Stogsdill officiating. Bride a mem- 
ber of the Loree Brethren Church. 
Linda Lorraine Woodbury, to Kevin Zody 
Anderson, May 4, at the University of the 
Ozarks in Conway, Ark. Gr(Xim a member of the 
Loree Brethren Church. 

Bobbi Phillips to Darrell DeGraff, March 29, 
at (he Milledgeville Brethren Church; Rev. 
Michael Lawyer officiating. Bride a member of 
the Milledgeville Brethren Church. 
Kay Elizabeth Akey to Randolph Scott 
Creech, March 25; Rev. Dave Oligee officiating. 
Grcxnn a member of the West Alexandria First 
Brethren Church. 



Kary Kapp to Brian Meiners, February 16, at 
the Milledgeville Brethren Church; Pastor Ken 
Sullivan officiating. Bride a member of the Mil- 
ledgeville Brethren Church. 

Goldenaires 

Haven and Margaret Noser, 50th, June 28. 
Members of the Lanark First Brethren Church. 
Russell and Virginia Hollar, 60th, June 27. 
Members of the Maurertown Brethren Church. 
Duard and Alice Conrad, 65th, May 28. Mem- 
bers of the North Manchester First Brethren 
Church. 

Basil and Freda EUer, 50th, May 17. Members 
of the Flora First Brethren Church. 
Miles (Ike) and Margaret Miller, 50th, April 
29. Members of the Lanark First Brethren 
Church. 

Membership Growth 

Milford: 2 by baptism 

Oak Hill: 8 by bapti.sm 

North Manchester: 1 by transfer 

North Georgetown: 4 by transfer 

Valley: 3 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

Sarasota: 4 by baptism, 3 by transfer 

West Alexandria: 5 by baptism, 8 by transfer 

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105rd General Conference 




The Convocation Center, foreground, site of the Confer- 
ence, and Amstutz Hall, one of the residence halls, behind. 

Photo by LaVergne Stone 



August 5-9 
Ashland, Ohio 
Theme: "Show the Faith" 
Theme Verse: James 2:18 

This year's General Conference 
theme challenges all Brethren to 
demonstrate our faith in daily 
living. As James wrote to believers 
of all times: 

"What good is it, my brothers and 
sisters, if a person claims to have 
faith but has no deeds? . . . Someone 
will say, 'You have faith; I have 
deeds. ' Show me your faith without 
deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do" (James 2:14, 18). 

Brethren have believed from the very beginning that faith is not enough 
unless it is accompanied by faithfulness and obedience to our saving Lord. 

The 1991 Conference will help you become a more faithful disciple through: 

• Inspirational addresses by Dr. George Sweeting 

• Bible studies led by Brethren elders 

• Five life-related workshops Tuesday after- 
noon 

• Addresses by Moderator James Sluss, 
Moderator-Elect Marlin McCann, and 
missionary Prasanth Kumar 

• Forum presentations by Brethren Church 
Ministries commissions 

Of course, delegates and guests will enjoy 
auxiliary sessions, banquets, and a fellow^ship 
afternoon as w^ell as conduct important business 
for the church. 



Don't miss General Conference this year! 
Make plans now^ to attend. Then complete the 
registration form on page 13 no later than July 
22. 

And above all, show the faith! 



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An Element of Spiritual Excitement 



A few words of special appreciation 
for the May issue of the EVANGELIST. 
Hope the every-member distribution 
bears the intended fruit. 

Secondly, there was an element of 
spiritual excitement involved with 
the announcement that the effort was 
to unify the vision of the Brotherhood. 
To me, this implies an interesting de- 
nominational promise. A visionary 
posture usually portrays a determi- 
nation to combine purpose with op- 
portunity for commitment to forward 
movement. This is encouraging. 
Often the opposing rearward look is 
self-directed and quite devastating. 
Glory shouts are muted by the back- 
ward glance of despair, only he who 



so looks for benefit of position to bet- 
ter see truth, dare engage his gift. 

Jeanette Sullivan expertly dem- 
onstrated this point in the article, 
"Taking a Stand on Abortion." Thank 
you for printing it. If anyone needs a 
clearing of vision on the subject of 
abortion or if the Brotherhood needed 
help in finding a position on which to 
stand, we now have an answer. 

Historical references describing the 
sacrifices of children to Molech must 
seem dwarfed, in God's sight, by the 
unborn Abels of today whose blood is 
flushed wailing down our drains. 

Joshua was one whom God used to 
unify the vision of His people. His call 
opened eyes and those who saw 



Grateful and Encouraged 



I am writing to let you know how 
much I appreciated the complimen- 
tary copy of the EVANGELIST last 
month [May]. Having moved out of 
the proximity of any Brethren con- 
gregation, yet still endeared to the 
Brethren people and tradition, I am 
grateful for the opportunity to "keep 
in touch." 

I also want to tell you how en- 
couraged I am to see The Brethren 
Church taking a stand on the great- 
est social "issue" of our age: abortion. 
God convicted my heart of the griev- 
ous evil of child-killing several years 
ago and it has been my prayer that 
the church would not stand back (as 
did German believers during the 
Holocaust), but that we would extend 



our love for our neighbor to the pre- 
bom as well. I have become active as 
a lobbyist here at the Tennessee leg- 
islature and I am convinced that the 
killing will end only when the Church 
of Jesus Christ rises up to move back 
the gates of hell. 

Please continue to encourage the 
good people of The Brethren Church 
to educate themselves on the issues 
and then to pray and work as God 
would lead them. 

Brian L. Harris 
Nashville, Tenn. 
Editor's note: Mr. Harris took ad- 
vantage of the special subcription offer 
in the May issue and subscribed to the 
Evangelist, so that he could continue to 
"keep in touch. " 



moved forward. The struggle against 
truth blindness goes on. 

Keep on unifying our vision from 
God's great plateaus of truth. 

Thanking God that mom and Mary 
were both pro-life! 

Harlan Hollewell 
Milledgeville, 111. 



World Relief in the Philippines 

World Relief of NAE is respond- 
ing to the needs of the thousands 
of Filipinos who were forced from 
their homes by the powerful erup- 
tion of Mount Pinatubo. 

Working through Philippine Re- 
lief and Development Services, 
World Relief 's partner in the Phil- 
ippines, the agency is helping to 
provide assistance for 3,000 fam- 
ilies. 

Rice, milk, dried fish, medicine, 
water containers, blankets, and 
mats will meet the immediate 
needs of families in metro Manila 
and a number of surrounding com- 
munities. Twenty local evangeli- 
cal churches are distributing 
these emergency supplies. Relief 
workers are also preparing to set 
up 1,000 temporary shelters to 
protect people from the coming 
rainy season. 

In addition, long-term relief will 
be needed for many rural Fili- 
pinos. Agricultural areas in three 
provinces report severe crop des- 
truction, as fields are blanketed by 
volcanic ash. 



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Features 

Beginning a New Brethren Church in Peru by John Maust 4 

An inside look at the work and vision of our Brethren missionaries, 
Miguel and Sonya Antunez, in Peru, South America. 

Toward a Philosophy of Living, Part Three: Where Am I 6 

Going? by Win Am with Carroll Nyquist 
Guidance for developing a Christian view of life and aging. 

Show^ing Authentic Faith by James Sluss 7 

The final article in a series on the 1991 General Conference theme, 
written by the Moderator. 

Special Section General Conference Preview 

Moderator James Sluss, Other Speakers, Bits 'n Pieces 8 

General Conference Auxiliaries, Workshops 9 

General Conference Business 10 



Departments 

Readers* Forum 

Cartoon 

Defining Our Priorities 

by Ronald W. Waters 



In Word and Deed 12 

by the Evangelism and 

Church Growth Commission 

Update 13 

Children's Page 17 

by Erica Weidenhamer 

From the Grape Vine 19 



Also in This Issue: The Woman's Outlook Newsletter for July/August is 
included in this issue of the Evangelist. It is stapled into the center of the 
magazine, where it can be easily removed by those who want to keep it 
separate from the Evangelist. Its yellow pages make it readily identifi- 
able. 



The Cover: 

The montage on the cover of this month's issue of the EVANGELIST is the 
theme art for this year's General Conference. It was done by Bob Rose, an 
active participant in the Roanoke, Ind., First Brethren Church. He did the 
montage at the request of his pastor. General Conference Moderator Jim 
Sluss. Mr. Rose also did the artwork that appeared on the cover of the W.M.S. 
luncheon progreim booklet at last year's General Conference. 

No Issue Next Month: This issue of the Evangelist is the combined 
July/August issue, and there will be no issue next month. The next Evangelist 
will be the September issue, which will contain highlights of General Con- 
ference. 

Answer to Little Crusader Page: 

What did the disciples do after catching all those fish? "They left every- 
thing and followed Jesus." 



Beginning a 
New Brethren Churcii 

in Peru 



By John Maust 



THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
already has a congregation in 
Peru, Indiana. But Miguel Antunez 
wants to start another one in Peru 
— Peru, South America, that is. 

Earlier this year, Miguel and his 
wife, Sonya, began formal Breth- 
ren missionary work* in Lima, the 
capital of Peru. 

The couple got things rolling in 
February with a home Bible study 
of four people. With help from 
Miguel's mother and brother, their 
number grew to 15 within a few 
weeks. Eventually, Miguel and 
Sonya hope the house group will 
blossom into a full-fledged con- 
gregation. 

Miguel is working in a Lima 
neighborhood called Tupac Amaru. 
"God has placed a special burden 
in my heart for Tupac Amaru, be- 
cause it's the barrio where I grew 
up," Miguel said recently. 

According to Miguel, Tupac 
Amaru has changed since he was a 
boy. But not only has the neighbor- 

*The Antunez family has received par- 
tial support from the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church for several years 
in anticipation of their doing church 
planting in Lima. Earlier this year Dr. 
Juan Carlos Miranda, coordinator of 
Latin America missions for the Mission- 
ary Board, met with Miguel, and the 
work formally began. 

Mr. Maust is Public Information Of- 
ficer for Latin America Mission and 
editor of that mission's magazine. 
While on assignment in Peru in April, 
he met Miguel at a seminar both were 
attending. 

Mr. Maust is a former member of the 
Nappanee, Ind., First Brethren Church. 
He writes the Developing a Global Vision 
column for the Evangelist. 



hood changed, 
so also has 
Miguel. That 
change was 
largely due to a 
spiritually for- 
tuitous trip he 
made to the 
United States. 

As a younger 
man, bothered 
by drugs and al- 
cohol, Miguel 
went to Sara- 
sota, Florida. 
"There I visited 
the Brethren 
Church and met 
the Lord. From 
that time, I 
began to serve 
Him. 

"Pastors Ken 
Solomon and 
J.D. Hamel 
helped me tre- 




Miguel and Sonya Antunez and their son, Carlos. 



mendously. So did Tim and Janet 
Solomon." 

Miguel later pursued studies at 
Ashland Theological Seminary, 
and now he and Sonya serve as 
Brethren missionaries in Lima. 

"We're praying for open doors" 
for witness in Tupac Amaru, 
Miguel said. The neighborhood is 
basically middle class, but Peru's 
economic tailspin has driven many 
families to a lower-than-accus- 
tomed standard of living. (Mini- 
mum monthly wage in Lima is 
about $60 U.S., while a gallon of gas- 
oline costs more than three dollars.) 

Drug abuse has spiraled in the 
area. "Now Tupac Amaru is 
dangerous at night, because young 



people are assaulting people to get 
money to buy drugs," Miguel said. 

"These aren't hardened crim- 
inals. These are youth submerged 
in drugs and who need God. We 
are praying for the youth, and we 
believe music is one instrument 
God has given us to take them the 
Christian message." 

One young man attending 
Miguel's Bible study, Tony Deur, 
even composes music. 

"I've got to get inspired by some- 
thing the Lord has placed on my 
mind," he explained. "Then I put 
the words on paper and, together 
with the other [Christian] brothers, 
we put music to the words. This is 
how we praise the Lord." 

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Another young person in the 
study, Laura Huaman, doesn't 
compose songs, but she advocates 
music and any other outreach that 
will help the group grow: "So there 
will be lots of young people who 
want to serve the Lord." 

Laura notes, "I met the Lord 
three years ago in my home 
through Miguel and Sonya. I was 
going through some family 
problems and accepted the Lord as 
my Savior. Since then, I have kept 
growing spiritually." 

South America's Peru has 
problems Peru, Indiana, never 
dreamed of: a cholera epidemic, 
Maoist guerrillas, and gut-wrench- 
ing poverty. 

But if there's a positive side, 
Peruvians appeeir to be looking to 
God as never before. And evangeli- 
cal churches are growing nation- 
wide. Miguel and Sonya Antunez 
find themselves serving in Lima at 
a strategic time. 

"Pray for us," Miguel urges. 




Miguel Antunez (r.) with fellow believers Tony Deur and Laura Huaman 



"Pray that our work in Tupac 
Amaru will become a large one." 

Adds young Tony Deur, "f¥ay 
that the Lord will give us a strong 



desire to invite people. And pray 
that the youth of Tupac Amaru 
will feel the need to come to our 
group." [t] 



Defining Our Priorities 

Seventh in a series of articles higlilighting tlie 
goals for local churches recommended by 
General Conference. 

Goal 3 — Outreach: By October 1, 1991, devise 
and implement a strategy to share the good news of 
Jesus Christ with your community — a plan that is 
comfortable for your congregation and appropriate 
for your community. 

It has been said that what is everyone's respon- 
sibility becomes no one's responsibility. Clearly, 
sharing our faith is a responsibility of every 
believer. But if no one in the church gives direction 
and encouragement to outreach, it will not likely be 
done! 

Goal 3 encourages each local church to develop 
an outreach strategy by this fall. The plan need not 
be elaborate, but it should be one on which your 
church can reasonably embark and which has 
promise of being effective in reaching the unsaved 
with the message of Christ. 

Who should plan this strategy? Logically, your 
church's evangelism commission or church growth 
task force, if one exists. If not, it could be planned 
by a "blue ribbon" group appointed by the 
moderator. The strategy should receive broad input 
from the cong^regation. 

Neither the National Office nor the Evangelism 
and Church Growth Commission has proposed one 



strategy for all churches. Each church needs to 
develop a plan based on its owoi God-given gifts 
and resources, based on knowledge of the local 
community. Here are strategies used by some 
churches for outreach, but use your creativity to 
devise your own plans: 

TOUCH Groups, based on Ralph Neighbour's 
model of forming groups tairgeted at specific felt 
needs in the community (such as divorce recovery, 
hearing- or visually-impaired, financial planning, 
and substance abuse). 

Evangelistic Bible studies, conducted in 
homes with the majority of those who attend being 
unchurched/unsaved. 

Extension Bible classes, targeted toward in- 
dividuals who might be intimidated by your church 
but who are open to the gospel (with the potential 
of classes becoming new Brethren churches). 

Community visitation, either "cold-calling" or 
visitor follow-up, using face-to-face visits or 
telephone contacts. 

A community census, to discover people who 
are unchurched and their felt needs. 

Our Jerusalemi, a direct-mail plan to put at- 
tractive, low-key brochures in the hands of pros- 
pects for the gospel. 

A community newspaper, such as Together, 
for all area households. 

I'd be happy to discuss these or other ideas with 
you. Please give me a call at 419-289-1708. 
— Ronald W. Waters 

Director of Brethren Church Ministries 



July/August 1991 



Toward a Philosophy of Living 

Developing a Christian View of Life and Aging 

Part Three: Where Am I Going? 

By Win Am with Carroll Nyquist 



This is ttie final article in a three-part 
series by Dr. Am and Mr. Nyquist pre- 
senting guidelines for developing a 
philosophy of living, particularly for 
older adults. The first article, "Who Am 
I?" appeared in the May issue; and the 
second article in the series, "Why Am 
I Here?" appeared in the June issue. 

THE CHRISTIAN ANSWER to 
the "destiny" question is 
profoundly different from the 
secular answer. 

Just before his death, my friend 
Dr. Donald McGavran answered 
the question this way: "To many 
people, death is simply the ending 
of life. I, who was wide awake yes- 
terday, am dead today and I will 
be buried tomorrow. That's the 
belief of so many people. That's not 
my belief. I believe that when this 
body dies, it's just like taking off an 
old garment. And I will be called 
home to live in everlasting peace 
and joy and strength and gladness 
with Jesus Christ my Savior . . . 
and with all my friends." 

The typical secular view 

Contrast Dr. McGavran's view of 
life and death with the typical 
secular view. Most secular per- 
spectives contend that once we 
have reached early adulthood, the 
"dying process" begins. Some even 
suggest that we actually begin 
dying the day we are born. 

According to these views, our 
time is limited, our individual cells 
begin a gradual process of 
deterioration from which there is 
no escape — our remaining years 

Dr. Arn is president of L.I.F.E. Inter- 
national, a resource organization for 
churches desiring to reach out to senior 
adults. He is the author of a new book, 
Live Long and Love It 

Mr. Nyquist is a researcher and 
writer on senior adults. 



are seen as "downhill from here." 
Life's best is always past. 

If this life is "all there is," we 
might as well be self-centered and 
hedonistic, devoting our efforts to 
pursuing maximum enjoyment in 
this life — right here, right now! If 
the past is gone and there is no 
future, then the present is all 
there is. So "eat, drink, and be 
merry; for tomorrow we die!" 

Indeed, for those who hold this 
prevalent secular view, life's final 
years become a cruel joke prolong- 
ing and delaying the inevitable. 
Growing old is a time to be feared. 
It would be far more satisfying to 
die young. 

Of course, we who are Christians 
don't believe this at all. 

The best is yet to be 

By contrast, the biblical view, 
with its belief in immortality, sees 
death and dying as only transition- 
al — much like the "dying" of a 
seed in the ground or the cocoon- 
stage in the life of the caterpillar/ 
butterfly. In this view, the best is 
yet to be. We can expect, in time, to 
turn in our infirmed, handicapped, 
mortal bodies for liberated bodies 
which are free from sin, sickness, 
and death — bodies that are as dif- 
ferent from our present physiques 
as a butterfly is from a caterpillar. 
Therefore, old age is not the coda 
to life's final strains, but rather 
the prelude to life's next chapter. 

The big difference, in the biblical 
view, is that God is the center of 
our existence — not self. We do not 
belong to ourselves. We have an 
eternal calling to pursue. We have 
individual assignments to com- 
plete. Our life's purpose is to follow 
and serve our Lord and Savior 
Jesus Christ. Life on this planet is 
not "all there is." As the gospel 
song puts it: 




This world is not my home, 
I'm just a passin' through . . . 
As we near the end of our lives 
we find ourselves identifying more 
and more with the attitude ex- 
pressed by St. Paul in his letter to 
the Philippians: 

For living to me means simply "Clirist," 
and if I die I should merely gain more 
of him. I realize, of course, that the 
work which I have started may make 
it necessary for me to go on living in 
this world. I should find it very hard 
to make a choice. I am torn in two 
directions — on the one hand, I long 
to leave this world and live with 
Christ, and that is obviously the best 
thing for me. Yet, on the other hand, 
it is probably more necessary for you 
that I should stay here on earth. That 
is why I feel pretty well convinced 
that I shall not leave this world yet, 
but shall be able to stand by you, to 
help you forward in Christian living 
and to find increasing joy in your 
faith. Phil. 1:21-25, Phillips 

Or, as paraphrased by Kenneth 
Taylor: "For to me living means 
opportunities for Christ, and dying 
— well, that's better yet! But if 
living will give me more opportun- 
ities to win people to Christ, then 
I really don't know which is best, 
to live or die!" (Phil. 1:21, 22; Tfie 
Living Bible, italics added). 

Like climbing a mountain 

In many ways, life is like climb- 
ing a mountain — the higher we 
go, the tougher it gets. But the 
closer we come to the summit, the 
better our perspective. And the 
older we become, the more clearly 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Show the Faith 



Showing Authentic Faith 

James 2:18b — "Show me your faith without deeds, 
and I will show you my faith by what I do." 

The final article in a series on the 1991 General Conference theme. 



WAS IT or was it not a real 
diamond? Before I pur- 
chased the engagement ring for 
my future wife, I desired to verify 
the genuineness of the diamond. 

So the jeweler placed the 
diamond and a piece of cut glass 
under a microscope and asked if I 
could distinguish the difference. 
The genuineness of the diamond 
was demonstrated by the many 
gleams of light reflecting in all 
directions. I had no doubt that it 
was an authentic diamond. 

Is our faith authentic? 

Is the faith that we say we pos- 
sess authentic? Its reality is veri- 
fied as the various points of faith 
are reflected in action. That 
which is real manifests itself. 

The Brethren Mission State- 
ment is a reminder of what we 
have affirmed concerning faith 
and practice: 



The Brethren Church is a priesthood 
of believers steadfast in commitment 
to its Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 
and obedient to the New Testament 
as the guide for faith and practice. 
The purpose of The Brethren 
Church, therefore, is to worship the 
triune God, live as obedient dis- 
ciples of the risen Christ, nurture the 
growth of believers to Christian 
maturity, evangelize the lost, and 
minister to human needs. Brethren 
seek to be channels of God's love by 
being a compassionate community 
of His ambassadors. To live the 
Truth as covenantal disciples of 
Christ, Brethren desire to love and 
serve all people as neighbors and 
friends. {italics added) 

During this present Conference 
year, we have been encouraged to 
study and to make practical the 
Epistle of James, the faith-in- 
action epistle. During the week of 
the 103rd General Conference, 
we will be inspired and chal- 



By Moderator James Sluss 

lenged to move beyond easy- 
believism to a faith that has feet. 
Even as we have identified our 
focus and top priorities as a 
denomination as being (1) 
Spiritual Formation, (2) Evan- 
gelism, and (3) Church Planting, 
may we with unity of vision pro- 
ceed to show our faith by putting 
these priorities into action. 

A living, breathing faith 

Carl F.H. Henry has written, 
"It is imperative to demonstrate 
as well as declare the gospel- 
truth. A hallmark of biblical 
Christianity is its irreducible dis- 
tinction between a dead or- 
thodoxy consisting only in words 
and a living, breathing faith."* 

Brethren, may our faith be 
authentic. [f] 

*A Plea for Evangelical Demonstra- 
tion (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book 
House, 1971), p. 83. 



Where Am I Going? cont. 
we understand that this life is not 
all there is. We know, through 
faith, that for God's children there 
is a "prepared place," a heaven 
where death, sickness, and tears 
will forever be replaced by eternal 
peace, health, and happiness. 
That's where I'm going and that's 
the basis of my Christian hope. 

My life philosophy is unaffected 
by aging! My life philosophy pro- 
vides me with an understanding of 
my identity, my life's purpose, and 
my ultimate destiny. And it's a com- 
fort to know that increasing chron- 
ological age has no effect other 
than to deepen my understanding 
of those profound life issues. 

I will never be so old that I lose 
the sense of value and worth that 

July/August 1991 



comes from knowing that I am 
created in the "image of God;" and 
from knowing that I am loved by 
God, that I am one of His children. 

Life's purpose is to glorify and 
praise God and to serve Him, and 
I can do that regardless of age. 

Nor will I ever be too old to face 
the difficult realities of this life 
with courage and hope, because I 
know where I'm going. It is this 
hope that brings a dimension to 
the Christian believer — hope that 
brings the necessary energy which 
can imagine dreams . . . set goals 
. . . develop plans. As the 
philosopher Teilhard de Chardin 
has written, there is "no energy of 
despair ... all conscious energy is 
. . . founded on hope."* 

Hope is essential for all, but 



especially for senior adults. Vaclav 
Havel states, "Life without hope is 
an empty, boring, and useless life. 
I cannot imagine that I could 
strive for something if I did not 
carry hope in me. I am thankful to 
God for this gift. It is as big a gift 
as life itself, "t 

So, a philosophy of living and 
aging from a Christian perspective 
has an answer to the questions, 
"Who am I?" "Why am I here?" 
"Where am I going?" — questions 
which, when answered, provide a 
rich meaning to our day-by-day 
living at any age. [f] 

*Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The 
Phenomenon of Man (London: Collins 
Fontana, 1959), p. 256. 

tVaclav Havel, "Points to Ponder," 
Reader's Digest, Feb. 1991, p. 179. 



General Conference Preview 



The 103rd General Conference 
of The Brethren Church 

August 5-9, at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio 
Theme: "Show the Faith" (James 2:18) 




Moderator James Sluss 
To Preside Over Conference 

Moderator JEtmes Sluss, pastor of the Roanoke, 
Ind., First Brethren Church, will preside over the 
103rd General Confer- 
ence of The Brethren 
Church. 

Moderator Sluss will 
kick off the Conference 
with his Moderator's 
Address during the 
Worship/Celebration 
service at 6:30 Monday 
evening. He will speak 
on the Conference 
theme, "Show the 
Faith." Rev. Sluss will 
also preside over the 
four Conference busi- 
ness sessions scheduled from Tuesday through 
Friday. (See page 11 of the June EVANGELIST for the 
full Conference schedule.) 

A native of Louisville, Ohio, where he grew up 
in the First Brethren Church, Sluss (52) is a 
graduate of both Ashland University and Ashland 
Theological Seminary. Prior to his present pas- 
torate, he pastored the Lathrop, Calif., and 
Dutchtown, Ind., Brethren Churches; directed 
Christian education at the Napannee, Ind., First 
Brethren Church; and served as pastor and 
teacher at the Krypton, Ky., Bible Center. 

He and his wife, Lois, have two children, Paul, 
a junior at Ashland University who is serving as a 
Crusader Intern this summer; and Gayl, a high 
school senior. 



Bits 'n Pieces 

Children's Program. Eric and Ellen Schave 
will lead this daily program for children age four 
through sixth grade. Preregistration is a must. Use 
the form in the June EVANGELIST. 

Commission Forum. Brethren Church Mini- 
stries conmiissions will host one-hour forum ses- 
sions on Thursday afternoon. Delegates will have 
opportunity to hear an in-depth report and provide 
feedback and ideas to one commission. 



Bible Study Leaders and 
Other Conference Speakers 

In addition to keynote speaker Dr. George 
Sweeting (introduced in the June Evangelist) and 
Moderator James Sluss (at left), Conference 
delegates and guests will be blessed by several 
other speakers during the week. 

Rev. Clarence Stogsdill and Dr. Charles 
Munson will lead morning Bible studies from the 
book of James. Stogsdill has pastored the Tucson, 
Ariz., First Brethren Church since 1963. Munson, 
well-known in The Brethren Church as a speaker, 
is a retired Ashland Theological Seminary dean 
and professor. 

Dr. Paul Toms, minister-at-large for the World 
Relief Corporation, will speak at the World Relief 

Soup Luncheon on Tues- 
day. Dr. Toms pastored 
the Park Street (Con- 
gregational) Church in 
Boston, Mass., for more 
than 20 years. He was 
chairman of the board of 
World Relief Corpora- 
tion from 1976 to 1990. 
He is also Dean of the 
Chapel at Gordon-Con- 
well Theological Semi- 
nary in South Hamilton, 
Mass. 

Rev. Prasanth Kumar, a Brethren missionary 
to his homeland of India, will address the Thurs- 
day evening worship service led by the Missionary 
Board. Rev. Kumar and his wife, Nirmala, are 
visiting Brethren churches in the United States 
this sunmier. They founded the Brethren Mission 
in India in 1969. 

Rev. Marlin McCann, moderator-elect, will 
give his inaugural address as the new moderator 
on Friday morning. McCann is pastor of the North 
Manchester, Ind., First Brethren Chxirch. He has 
previously pastored the Bryan (Ohio), Mt. Olive 
(Va.), and Wayne Heights (Pa.) churches. He will 
introduce the new Conference theme. 




The Brethren Evangelist 



General Conference Preview 



General Conference Auxiliaries 



Woman's Missionary Society 

"Prove Your Faith" will be the theme of the 
Woman's Missionary Society Conference during 
General Conference. W.M.S. sessions, to be held in 
the main meeting rooms in the Ashland University 
Convocation Center, will include the regular ses- 
sions at 2:45 on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 
and the women's luncheon at noon on Wednesday. 
The W.M.S. is also sponsoring a workshop, "Team- 
work, God's Plan for Believers," at 1:30 p.m. on 
Tuesday, to be led by Nellie and Paul Pickard. 

Devotions for the Tuesday and Thursday ses- 
sions will be given by Trudy Kemer. Sandy Meds- 
ger will serve as song leader and Marjorie Bennett 
as pianist. Tuesday's session will feature the Pres- 
ident's Message by Deanna Benshoff, greetings 
from Brethren Missionary Nirmala Kumar, special 
music by Dolly Zerbe, and election of officers. 

Author Nellie Pickard will be the speaker for 
the woman's luncheon on 
Wednesday. Known as the 
woman who knows what to 
say when, Mrs. Pickard has 
written two books (What Do 
You Say When . . . and What 
Would You Have Said?), in 
which she shares her own 
experiences of witnessing 
and presenting the simple 
truth of the gospel in 
everyday encounters. Born 
in Norway, Nellie, a grand- 
mother and mother of three, lives in Michigan with 
her husband, Paul. 

In addition to the message by Mrs. Pickard, the 
luncheon will include devotions by President Ben- 
shoff, special music by Beth Maurer, the Project 
Offering Ingathering, and the Memorial F*raise 
Service. (All women planning to attend this luncheon 
are urged to send in your reservation — using the reser- 
vation form in the June issue — by July 22.) 

The W.M.S. conference will conclude on Thurs- 
day afternoon in a session that will include special 
music by Grace Radcliff, the Thank Offering, busi- 
ness, and installation of officers conducted by 
General Conference Moderator James Sluss. 

Brethren iVien of Mission 

Business and service will be the two main em- 
phases of the sessions of the Brethren Men of Mis- 
sion, according to President Kenneth Van Duyne, 
who will preside over the sessions. 

Caring for the business of the organization will 
take up much of the time during the Tuesday and 
Thursday afternoon sessions, to be held at 2:45 in 




the President's Dining Room in the Convocation 
Center. In addition, during the Tuesday afternoon 
session. Dr. Mike Gleason, director of Religious 
Life at Ashland University, will share a message 
about the Campus Ministry at the university. 

On Wednesday afternoon, the men will have an 
opportunity to put faith into action as they perform 
service of a physical nature. Three service projects 
are possibilities for the afternoon, the new sanc- 
tuary of the Ashland Garber Brethren Church, 
which is the Brethren Construction Fellowship 
project for this summer (see page 17); a house be- 
ing built by Habitat for Humanity in Ashland this 
summer; and various clean up and repair projects 
at Brethren Care of Ashland (a retirement and 
nursing home facility). Men are encouraged to 
bring work clothes and possibly a few small tools 
(particularly a hammer) to Conference for this 
afternoon of work. Other tools will be provided. 

The work afternoon on Wednesday will follow 
the men's picnic (for both Men of Mission and pas- 
tors), which this year may be held on the grounds 
of the Garber Brethren Church, depending on the 
progress on the new sanctuary by Conference time. 

Brethren Church Elders 

Sessions of the National Association of Brethren 
Church Elders will be held Tuesday and Thursday 
afternoons at 2:45 in the Claremont Fioom in the 
Convocation Center, with President Gene Eckerley 
in charge. One of the major items to be considered 
will be the discussion of the ordination of divorced 
persons, begun at last year's Conference. 

The pastors will join the Men of Mission for a 
picnic on Wednesday, and also have the opportun- 
ity to work along side the men on the various ser- 
vice projects during the afternoon (see above). 



Workshops 

Five workshops are scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.: 

The Pastor's Wife as Superwoman, sponsored by the 
Pastors' Wives. Dr. Judy AUison will focus on helping pas- 
tors' wives cope with internal and external expectations. 

How to Make Worship Meaningful, sponsored by tlie Wor- 
ship Commission. Dr. Ron and Linda Sprunger will help 
musicians and worship leaders develop worship services that 
honor God appropriately and benefit His people. 

Teamwork, God's Plan for Believers, sponsored by the 
W.M.S. It will feature W.M.S. luncheon speaker Nellie Pick- 
ard and her husband, Paul. 

Project 2020 for Brethren Missions (Planned Estate Giv- 
ing for Missions), sponsored by the Missionary Board. Rev. 
Jim Black will provide information about the purpose and 
goals of the planned giving program for Brethren missions. 

Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts, sponsored by tJie Steward- 
ship Commission. Dr. Dan Lawson will assist people in dis- 
covering their spiritual gifts and using tJiem in the local church. 



July/August 1991 



General Conference Preview 

General Conference Business 



General Conference delegates will consider 
several significant items during the Conference 
business sessions, including the following: 

Proposal to Dissolve the Brethren Church 
Foundation, Inc. The idea of a foundation was 
approved by the 1984 Conference. The purpose of 
the foundation was "to generate advancement 
funds for special and innovative projects" for the 
church. A corporation, Brethren Church Founda- 
tion, Inc., was formed in 1985. Unfortunately, a 
series of delays and difficulties have prevented the 
foundation from fulfilling its purpose. 

As of December 31, 1990, foundation assets in- 
cluded: $14,656.92 from the William S. & Meredith 
Lyon Porte Memorial Prince of Peace Fund, 
entrusted by The Brethren Church, Inc., to the 
foundation in 1987; $2,000 from an unsolicited 
donation from Brethren Printing Company as of 
December 31, 1990; and accumulated and un- 
distributed earnings on these funds. 

The General Conference Executive Council 
(GCEC) is recommending that the foundation be 
dissolved and that the assets be entrusted to The 
Brethren Church, Inc., to be maintained in a 



separate fund. Present accumulated and future 
earnings would be distributed by The Brethren 
Chxirch in a manner similar to that prescribed for 
the foundation. 

Social Responsibilities Commision Pro- 
posals. The conmiission has proposed two position 
statements for possible enactment by Conference. 

A Brethren Position on Abortion appeared on 
page 5 of the June issue of the Evangelist. A two- 
part Eirticle on abortion written by Jeanette Sul- 
livan appeared in the May and June issues and 
provides backgn'ound for the proposed statement. 
Conference previously adopted brief statements on 
abortion in 1976 and 1985, the latter calling for a 
comprehensive position statement. The proposed 
position is in response to the latter action. 

The proposed Brethren Position on Acquired Im- 
mune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (see box below) 
is in response to script\iral teachings on caring for 
the sick and suffering. Introducing the proposed 
position, the commission has said: "The AIDS virus 
is becoming an increasing political, health, and 
social issue. As Brethren, however, AIDS is not 
about issues, (continued following the Outlook pages) 



Proposed AIDS Resolution 

Introduction: Throughout scripture, the church is com- 
manded to care for the sick and the suffering. In our 
country, the AIDS virus is becoming an increasing politi- 
cal, health, and social issue. As Brethren, however, 
AIDS is not about issues, but about people, infected in- 
dividuals who deserve our compassion, and millions of 
others not yet infected who deserve protection. So that 
we as a church may be mobilized to be agents of truth 
and mercy to our communities, the Social Responsibil- 
ities Commission proposes that the General Conference 
of The Brethren Church adopt the following position: 

The Brethren Position on 

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) 

1991 

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is 
rapidly becoming the number one public health problem 
in the world. For those who have contracted AIDS, there 
is currently no known medical cure, and thus the disease 
is fatal. The evidence is not clear concerning the long- 
term results for those who are carriers of the AIDS virus. 
The Surgeon General of the United States has called 
AIDS Ihe most serious matter any health official of any 
nation has ever faced." 

Although there is the urgent need for education 
regarding AIDS, education without reference to values 
ignores the moral dimensions of the problem. Therefore, 
government or private sector programs that deny the 
moral element of the problem are inadequate remedies. 
While there are innocent sufferers of the disease, the 



fact remains that two primary groups of individuals with 
AIDS are practicing homosexuals and drug addicts who 
share needles. The connection between immoral be- 
havior and the spread of the AIDS virus is self-evident. 

Furthermore, AIDS is first and foremost a public health 
concern, not a civil rights issue. Hence, any proposed 
legislation that would confer special "civil rights" on per- 
sons afflicted with AIDS, but threatens the health of 
others, is totally unacceptable. We believe appropriate 
legislation regarding AIDS would require testing of high 
risk groups, reporting of those with the disease to public 
health officials on the same basis as other sexually 
transmitted diseases, and closing of bathhouses and 
other facilities that permit promiscuous sexual activity. 

But legislation and the best efforts of public health 
officials have their limits. Our Christian faith offers hope 
for the victims of AIDS. This faith offers a realistic way of 
life that will curb the spread of this tragic disease in that 
our faith calls for chastity before marriage and fidelity in 
marriage. For this reason the Brethren Church proclaims 
the hope that God has provided in Christ Jesus and 
promotes the practice of biblical sexual morality. We en- 
courage pastors to request couples coming to them for 
marriage consider having AIDS tests and to share the 
results with each other before marriage. We further urge 
that, with Christian compassion, we offer the hope of 
Christ's redemption and grace to victims of AIDS. 

Our churches should take the initiative and leadership 
in ministering to AIDS patients and to those infected with 
the virus. We cannot permit fear or apathy to keep us 
from bringing the life-changing resources of our Christian 
faith to those who suffer from the dread AIDS disease. 



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Volume 4, Number 6 



WALKING WITH THE LORD 

Text: Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel 

of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, 

nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Psalm 1:1 



This year we have concentrated on 
following the footsteps of Jesus, allow- 
ing Him to be the leader. Where has 
He lead you? Through school, job, mar- 
riage, death, birthday, illness, con- 
gested areas, travel, vacation? And 
those fun and personal activities: shop- 
ping, TV viewing, reading, conversa- 
tion? Have we strayed from the Lord? 
Did you want to go or do something 
which would embarrass Him? 

Today many people go walking. It is 
one of the popular ways to get your 
exercise. Certainly it is easy and inex- 
pensive — no special equipment is 
needed, and walking is something 
many of us can do. Right now I think 
of friends who are confined to wheel 
chairs; physical walking would be a 
pleasure for them. 

However, spiritual walking is avail- 
able to all of us. Numerous references 
in the Bible pertain to walking, and, as 
we conclude our study of "Footsteps 
with Jesus," I want to let my "fingers 
do the walking" through the Scriptures. 




Psalm I is a good place to start. This 
shows the two possible paths for a 
man. The Psalmist provides a brief list 
of Do's and Don't 's. Man does not walk 
in the counsel of the ungodly; or, he is 
not influenced by ungodly people. In- 
stead, he follows the commandments 
of the Lord (his delight is in the law of 
the Lord). Solomon stated it thus in 
Proverbs 4:26-27: "Make level paths 
for your feet, and take only ways that 
are firm. Do not swerve to the right or 
the left, keep your foot from evil." 

Micah (6:18) questioned Israel, 
"What does the Lord require of you? To 



act justly, to love mercy, and to walk 
hvunbly with your God." Paul said it 
this way, "See then that you walk cir- 
cumspectly, not as fools, but as wise 
(Ephesians 5:16); or, walk carefully to 
please the Lord. 

I like to walk. The breeze reminds 
me of the Holy Spirit - a sound as of a 
mighty rushing wind; it fills my soul. 
Sometimes I pray, or quote Scripture 
or sing/think hymns. One of my 
favorite Psalms is the 23rd: The Lord 
is my Shepherd. The is means present 
tense, not was nor will be, but now; 
and my throughout emphasizes the 
personal aspect of this Psalm. Notice 
these H^me phrases: He maketh me; 
He leadeth me; He restoreth my; He 
leadeth me; though I walk through, I 
will not fear; You are with me. 

Throughout the Psalm, the Lord and 
David are together. Each of us can 
have this communion with the Lord, 
which David experienced. Visualize 
the still waters — not turbulent, 
rough, and dirty, but peaceful and 
calm, an oasis for refreshment. 

He leads me in the paths of 
righteousness. How can I go wrong, 
when He is guiding me in the right 
way? Our walk may take us through 
the valley of the shadow of death, but 
we need not be afraid. For Thou are 
with me! Such joy! 

However, as much as I enjoy walk- 
ing, sometimes I don't do it. You know 
schedules — home from work, a hur- 
ried supper, and out again. I don't take 
the time. Sometimes the morning is 
rushed, too. We don't take the time to 
ask the Lord to lead us through the 
day. 

"As you have therefore received 
Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in 
Him (continue to live in Him, NIV)." 
This is Paul's advice in Colossians 2:6. 
We should heed it. 



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Our missionaries always need our 
prayers, seeking God's care and 
guidance; their good health and safety. 
But, first of all, remember to thank 
God for them. They represent us 
around the world, carrying God's mes- 
sage of love and forgiveness to those 
who haven't heard and accepted Jesus 
as their Lord. 

These are special prayer concerns. 
Tom and Sally Saunders were at Mt. 
Sinai Hospital in Chicago undergoing 
tests for their health problems. Pray 
for a definite diagnosis, proper treat- 
ment and cure. Tim and Jan Eagle are 
spending the simimer in Mexico City 
as missionary interns. India continues 
to have political problems and unrest, 
increased by the death of Gandhi. This 
has affected the furlough for Prasanth 
and Nirmala Kumar; they hesitate to 
be gone longer than two months. Tim 
and Jan Solomon seek God's guidance 
as they terminate their foreign mis- 
sionary service at this time. 

Several missionaries will attend 
General Conference: Allen Baer, Juan 
Carlos and Maria Miranda, Prasanth 
and Nirmala Kumar, Tom and Sally 
Saunders, Tim and Jan Solomon, 
Mark and Chantal Logan (on leave), 
and Tim and Jan Eagle. Ken and 
Carolyn Solomon will be commissioned 
for assignment in Colombia. These 
friends depend upon and appreciate 
our prayer support. Don't forget them. 

Continue your prayers, too, for our 
home mission pastors and special min- 
istry missionaries. Many will be at- 
tending conference, also. What a 
joyous time for visiting! Send your cor- 
respondence to the missionaries on 
furlough to the Missionary Board, 524 
College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

Before Sally Saunders returned to 
the states, she sent these delicious- 
sounding recipes just in time for our 
summer and fall harvest of tomatoes. 
Two are printed on page 4. More will 
be used later. 



'District Q)oinni. 



The CENTRAL DISTRICT had its 
first Women's Retreat on April 26-27 
at Camp Emmaus Retreat Lodge in 
Mt. Morris, Illinois. The retreat was 
sponsored by the District WMS offi- 
cers. The theme of the retreat was "A 
Time for Everything" with Ecclesiastes 
3:1 as the theme verse: "There is a 
time for everything, and a season for 
every activity under heaven." (NIV) 
The theme song was "In His Time." 

Marilyn Parks, of the Milledgeville 
Brethren Church, was the inspiration- 
al speaker. Her experiences as a wife, 
mother, Sunday School teacher, youth 
worker, counselor, deaconess, 
psychiatric nurse, workshop and group 
speaker provided an excellent back- 
ground for the theme. Marilyn focused 
her teaching on Eccl. 3:1-15. High- 
lights of her presentation are featvired 
in the 1991-92 WMS Devotional Guide, 
September section. 

Ann Millhouse, also from Milledge- 
ville, conducted a workshop entitled 
"Managing Time God's Way." Ann, a 
wife, mother, and grandmother, as 
well as a facilitator in communication 
skills, conducts classes and workshops 
dealing with stress management, 
learning skills, and time management. 

The MC for the weekend was Anita 
Hollewell, and Julie Schiefer was the 
song leader; both are from the Lanark 
church. Special music and a skit were 
presented by the ladies from Cerro 
Gordo Brethren. 

Deborah Johnson and Lois Catch- 
pool from the Waterloo church shared 
and directed devotions. With 35 ladies 
in attendance, all five churches in the 
district were represented. 

Melva Staples of Milledgeville 
served as the head cook and was re- 
sponsible for 35 over-fed women! Our 
"time" together was a very blessed one, 
so much so that plans are under way 
for our second Women's Retreat in 1992. 
Jeanette Sullivan, Milledgeville 
Retreat Chairman 

GREETINGS FROM THE SOUTH- 
EASTERN DISTRICT 

The district rally was hosted by the 
St. Luke Society on November 3. All 
societies were asked to send money for 
a love gift to Margaret Lowery. A total 
of $365 from the district and the local 
societies was given. The Riverside 
Christian School gave the afternoon 
program. The district project was an 
offering of $825 for the Mountain View 
Brethren Church, the new home mis- 
sion church in Frederick, Maryland. 
The next fall rally will be at Oak Hill, 
W. Virginia, November 2. Mark your 



calendars, ladies. 

Mabel Bailey wrote that the Mt. 
Olive WMS serves the Rxirtian Club 
quarterly. With this income, they help 
with church needs and benevolent 
projects. Their projects included gifts 
to their pastor and family and packing 
26 fruit trays. 

Christina Moyers and Mae Wenger 
reported from the two Bethlehem 
societies. The Bethlehem Mary and 
Martha ladies assisted with conference 
expenses for both their pastor's family 
and the Mark Logan family. They con- 
tribute new and used clothing, house- 
hold, and personal items to Mercy 
House, which is a home where families 
can live for a short time. 

For their Mother and Daughter get- 
together, a trio called "Seasons of Joy" 
gave the program. Devotions were by 
the Sr. WMS, and refreshments were 
finger foods. 

All the women made a quilt for one 
member who is in the Woodland nurs- 
ing home. Cards are signed at each 
meeting, but one takes them home to 
write a note before mailing. 

Virginia Hook wrote from Linwood. 
This society has accomplished several 
projects, too, this year. They had a 
World Relief luncheon, packed fruit 
and cookie boxes, and sent hats, mit- 
tens, scarfs, and socks to the Riverside 
School, in addition to working on the 
mile of pennies for Riverside. 

One member who is unable to attend 
meetings enjoys rolling bandages, 
which are then sent to the National 
Center for distribution. They have a 
hard time finding enough materials to 
keep her busy! 

At most meetings, they have 2-5 
visitors, some of them are potential 
members. Watch for the next project 
from Linwood at National Conference. 

AND FROM THE SOUTHWEST 
DISTRICT, Ina Williams reports. 
Their district conference was April 12- 
14 at the First Church in Tucson. The 
women's luncheon was Saturday with 
Marie Taylor as the speaker. She was 
a visiting missionary in Equador, and 
told of her experiences. HCJB (Herald- 
ing Christ Jesus' Blessing), Wycliff, 
and Missionary Alliance are broadcast- 
ing programs which have been trans- 
lated into the native language of the 
areas. 

The two Tucson WMS groups at 
First Church had their mother- 
daughter luncheon May 11, with 
friends from Northwest Chapel attend- 
ing. The children were entertained by 
Uncle Bob of TV and radio. 




HERE'S 

AN 

IDEA! 



For their public service, the Beth- 
lehem Mary and Martha and the 
Senior Societies hosted a hjrmn sing. 

The Linwood ladies had two public 
services: one with Jean Shank, a 
former missionary to Nigeria, speak- 
ing, and one who had just returned 
from two years with the army in 
Tiirkey. 

Brethren Missions in Jeopardy? No, 
we don't want that! But — 

Laura Mae Riffle reports. A large 
number assembled at the Ashland 
Park St. public service April 14 when 
Donna Stoffer was Question-mistress 
for a Jeopardy Game. Categories, such 
as Name that Country, Those in 
Charge, Pioneer Missionaries, J's in 
the Mission Field, Brethren Writers, 
Home Mission People and Points, etc., 
were selected by contestants Stan 
Gentle and Norma Waters, as they 
"battled" against the audience. James 
Black, Tim Eagle, and Ken VanDuyne 
acted as judges. Scorekeepers were 
Joan Ronk and Laura Mae Riffle. 

During the "comimercial breaks," 
Jim Black gave an update on present- 
day Brethren missions. Ken Van- 
Duyne urged helpers to donate time 
and skills this year toward the Garber 
Church addition. Tim Eagle spoke 
about the increased enrollment at the 
Ashland Theological Seminary, and 
plans for building expansion there. 

Everyone present enjoyed seeing a 
summary of Brethren missions in an 
informative, enjoyable presentation. 
These questions are available for you 
to use in your church, if you wish. Con- 
tact Donna Stoffer, 1509 Old Post 
Road, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

THE WOMAN'S OUTLOOK 
NEWSLETTER 

Published bimonthly in January, 
March, May, July, September, and 
November by the Woman's Missionary 
Society of The Brethren Church. 

Mrs. Dorman Ronk, Editor 

1325 Carriage Hill Court 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Subscription price, $7.50 per year in 
advance. 

Send all subscriptions to Mrs. Robert 
Kroft, 608 Twp. Road 1151, RD 5, Ash- 
land, OH 44805 

Woman's Outlook Newsletter 



1991 CONFERENCE OF BRETHREN CHURCHES 



AUGUST 5-9 

Who should attend? 



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ASHLAND, OHIO 

YOU! 



The WMS sessions are at 2:45 - 4:45 
on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. 
However, the WMS workshop by Paul 
and NeUie Pickard is Tuesday at 1:30. 
Their theme is "Teamwork, God's Plan 
for Believers." Nellie will speak at the 
Wednesday noon luncheon also, and 
then autograph her books. The lunch- 
eon cost is $7.00. For children under 
12, there is a 40% reduction; and 
under 5 years, there is no charge. The 
nursery will not be open during noon- 
time, but will open after the meal, 
during the program. 

Because there are just two business 
sessions, the election of officers will be 
Tuesday afternoon, the Memorial Ser- 
vice at the luncheon Wednesday, and 
the installation and final business on 
Thursday. 

One important decision concerns 
legacy gifts, and JoAnn Seaman, 
treasurer, provides this information: 

As we look forward to Conference, I 
want to prepare your hearts and 
minds for some very important busi- 
ness. For the benefit of members who 
might not know the details, let me give 
a history of our cvirrent situation. 

Dorothy Carpenter was our WMS 
treasurer for many years. She and her 
parents were very active in the 
Brethren Church and its aiixiliaries. 
The Carpenters were generous people; 
they were also careful in their dealings 
with money. Years of investments 
came to a close when Dorothy died in 
1988. Monies from her parents' trusts 
and her own estate were released, as 
provided by their wills. Many Brethren 
concerns benefited from their 
generosity: the Missionary Board, 
Brethren Care, Riverside Christian 
School, the Laymen, the Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society, Ashland University, 
Ashland Theological Seminary, and 
some overseas mission fields. 

In late 1989, the WMS received 
about $65,000 from their estates. 
Receiving the money after conference, 
the Board was obligated to make some 
decisions: 

1. Where to hold the money. For 
direction, we determined that, follow- 
ing the Carpenters' example, the funds 
should be invested as wisely as pos- 
sible. The decision was made to use 
the same investor that AU and 
Brethren Care have for many of their 
assets, PaineWeber. 

2. Long-tenn planning. After much 
discussion, the Board voted to recom- 

July-August 1991 



mend to the membership the following 
long-term plan: 

A. The principal should remain in- 
vested. 

B. The interest should be used to 
fuel worthy projects. 

C. The principal should stand in 
"reserve" for a "major catastrophe." 

These recommendations were based 
on the hope that we could do more 
good over a longer period of time with 
many small projects than with one 
large one. 

Ladies, this overview brings us up to 
Conference 1990. Since then, the 
Board has had more time to gather 
your comments and to discuss the 
situation. When we come to Con- 
ference, the Board will bring these 
recommendations for your considera- 
tion: 

1. That we pull the funds out of 
PaineWeber as soon as it is economi- 
cally prudent and place them in inter- 
est-bearing Brethren concerns (like the 
Brethren Home Mission Revolving 
Fund). 

2. That we name these funds the 
"Legacy Gift" and encoxirage societies 
who give memorials to add to this 
"legacy." 

3. That we name the first benefactor 
for the acciimulated interest. At Con- 
ference 1990, we had a ballot to show 
the membership's preference. This 
year we will want you to actually 
choose the first project. We will sug- 
gest: 

A. furnishing a chapel at Brethren 
Care in Dorothy's name 

B. a gift to the Missionary Board 

C. any ideas from the floor. 

The first two years' accumulated in- 
terest would start out our choice. The 
length of the project would be based on 
its magnitude. 

With Conference 1991 nearly here, 
we want you to pray about this matter. 
We need to ask for His powerful Spirit 
to help us accept these funds in a 
Godly manner and use them in a 
glorifying way. 

May God bless you, 
JoAnn Seaman, treasurer 
READING CIRCLE BOOKS 

As is the custom, a reading commit- 
tee recommended several books and 
the Executive Committee selected 
seven. The personal commitment 
states that each member should read 
two books, but if you can read more 
than the minimum, you will be helped 



even more. The books are listed in 
categories, so you can tell quickly what 
each is about. You need not choose one 
from each group, but choose those 
which you think will be most beneficial 
for your m.embers. Alberta Holsinger, 
literature secretary, has provided the 
brief resume of each book. 




Christian Living 

THE JOY OF LISTENING TO GOD, 
Joyce Hugget; $9.95. The author was 
an ordinary Christian who told God 
her problems and desires. Then she 
began to discover that God revealed 
Himself to her when she was quiet 
before Him. She shares ways we can 
quiet ourselves before Him and 
prepare to hear Him speak to us. This 
book is reconmiended also by the Wor- 
ship Commission. 

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE SAID, 
Nellie Pickard; $7.95. Also the author 
of WHAT DO YOU SAY WHEN . . ., 
Mrs. Pickard has a gift for comfortably 
turning almost every personal en- 
counter into a witnessing opportunity. 
Now she demonstrates some lessons 
she had learned and techniques she 
has used successfully, as she joyfully 
shares Christ's message in everyday 
situations. 
Christian Concerns 

KAFFIR BOY, Mark Mathabane; 
$9.95. Written by a young black man 
who grew up in South Africa, this rare 
story tells what is really happening 
there. The reader is transported to the 
devastating poverty, desperate ghetto, 
and cruel streets that are to become 
involved in bloody gang wars and mid- 
night police raids. This compelling 
story tells of the author's struggle to 
escape from the squalor and humilia- 
tion of apartheid to live a free and 
equal human being. 
Early Christians 

C. S. LEWIS, Catherine Swift; 
$3.95. If you are familiar with Lewis' 
books, you may be surprised as you 
read this biography. A confirmed ag- 
nostic and skeptic, at age 31 he ex- 
perienced a remarkable conversion to 
Christianity. 

(continued on page 4) 



WORLD RELIEF 

AND 
SEWING UPDATE 

I am excited to announce the up- 
dated Service Guides are now avail- 
able. We have printed two per society, 
and they will be distributed at your 
district or at the national conference. I 
pray these will help you to be en- 
couragers to our home as well as to our 
world missionaries. 

A very special thanks to the Lin- 
wood sewing circle and to Christina 
Moyers from the Bethlehem Brethren 
Church for quilting the items for this 
year's auction. We have completed 
three wall hangings (one with a pil- 
low), a baby comforter and pillow, and 
two tote bags. We will not be quilting 
at Conference, but plans are to have a 
larger quilt to work on next year. I 
have plenty of squares yet, and so 
won't need you to send any this year. 
Be watching for the auction of these 
smaller items at Conference. I hope to 
have it during the Missionary Board 
banquet. 

I also need to give a big thanks to 
Marjorie Bennett for typing the Ser- 
vice Guide. I never could have gotten it 
done without her. 

God bless you. 
Joan Merrill 



RECIPES FROM MEXICO 

Caldillo de iitomate (Basic Tomato 
Sauce) 

4 large tomatoes (1-1/2 lb.) or 2 cans 
(16 oz.) tomatoes 

2 fresh green chilies or 2-3 dried red 
chilies 

1 clove garlic 

1 small onion, peeled 

1 tsp salt 

1 Tblsp cooking oil 

pinch of ground cinnamon (optional) 

Place the tomatoes, chilies, garlic, 
and onion on a baking sheet or broiler 
pan lined with foil, and broil until 
lightly blistered and soft. Peel the gar- 
lic; cut the stalks off the chilies and 
seed them; quarter the tomatoes (don't 
peel) and onion. In a food processor or 
blender process the garlic, chilies, 
tomatoes, and onion with salt until 
smooth. Heat the oil in a deep sauce 
pan until almost smoking (or until a 
drop of the puree will sizzle). Add all of 
the puree and cook, stirring well. Add 
the spices, reduce the heat, and cook 
the sauce for 15-20 minutes. Stir fre- 
quently. Freezes well. 



READING CIRCLE BOOKS (cont.) 

SUSANNA, Glen Williamson; $4.95. 
This biographical novel about Susanna 
Wesley gives insight into her life and 
the challenges she and her husband 
faced in raising their children and es- 
tablishing a strong foundation of faith 
within the family. Revival came to the 
world through the children of this 
mother. 
Christian Novels 

THE CALLING OF EMILY EVANS, 
Janette Oke; $6.95 ($7.95 large print). 
This novel is an interesting insight 
into the life of the early women who 
ministered as "sister" where male min- 
isters were unavailable. It tells of the 
problems they faced, and their lower 
status in the administration of the 
church. Easy to read and will hold 
yovir attention to the very end. 

A DAUGHTER OF ZION, Bode 
Thoene; $7.95. A sequel to THE 
GATES OF ZION, this story centers 
around a returning Jewess named 
Rachel, who survived the Nazi 
Holocaust, but only at a great personal 
cost. This book is difficult to put down. 



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Albondigas (Meatballs in Tomato 
Sauce) 

1 small onion, peeled 

1 med. zucchini (about 1/4 lb.) 

"^A: lb. ground beef 

1/2 lb. ground pork 

1 slice stale bread, soaked in milk 
pinch each of dried thyme, crumbled 

bay leaf, dried marjoram, ground cumin 

2 eggs 
salt 

2 quantities of basic tomato sauce 
(4-1/2 cups) 

1/4 lb. Cheddar cheese, cut into 
small cubes 

Chop the onion and zucchini very 
fine in a food processor. Combine the 
onion and zucchini with meat, 
squeezed-out bread, herbs and spices, 
eggs and salt. Blend together (the bet- 
ter it is mixed, the lighter the meat- 
balls). Form the meat mixture into 24 
balls (about the size of golf balls). Push 
a little cube of cheese into each ball, 
closing the meat mixture around the 
cheese. Drop the meatballs into the 
simmering basic tomato sauce (see 
recipe above) and cook for 25-30 
minutes. Serve with rice and green 
beans. 



Dear Friend, 

It is Paul Harvey with the radio fea- 
tvire "and that's the rest of the story." 
In my last Ending, I referred to the 
conclusion of the Persian Gulf war and 
the troops coming home. But we all 
know, troops are still stationed in the 
mid-east £ind the devastation by both 
sides will affect those people for years. 
Those are for whom we sorrow. 

The loss of industry and natural 
resources are svirpassed by the loss of 
a generation, family members, and the 
diseases, starvation, and filth. We 
prayed for the war to cease, now we 
pray for peace; not nation against na- 
tion, but nation helping nation. 




As you determine the amounts of 
your offerings to bring to Conference 
(or to mail to Joanne Kroft, financial 
secretary), remember how your offer- 
ings are used. World Relief funds are 
transferred immediately to the World 
Relief Commission. The offerings from 
your public services are given to Ash- 
land Theological Seminary. The 
project offering is given to the Mission- 
ary Board for church planting in Ar- 
gentina and Paraguay. This year's 
offering concludes that two-year 
project. The thank-offering is dis- 
tributed among benevolences: world 
and home missions, Riverside Chris- 
tian School, Campus Ministry, and the 
WMS Scholarship at Ashland Univer- 
sity. 

Your offering helps to expand the 
missionary work and the Christian 
education of the Brethren Church 
throughout the world. And "where 
your treasure is, there will your heart 
be also." We trust your prayers accom- 
pany your offerings. 

Wednesday afternoon, following the 
luncheon and Nellie Pickard's 
autograph session, is unscheduled. 
Suggested activities - tours, visiting, 
sports, work projects - will be detailed 
in the conference packet. The entire 
week is full of great blessings and uni- 
que events. I look forward to seeing 
you. 

Your friend, 

\J Joan 

Woman's Outlook Newsletter 



but about people, infected individuals who deserve 
our compassion, and millions of others not yet in- 
fected who deserve protection." The commission 
has prepared the proposed position so that "we as 
a church may be mobilized to be agents of truth 
and mercy to our conmiunities." 

1992 Local Church Goals. GCEC has re- 
viewed and revised the current goals. New and 
revised goals include: Outreach — a conmiitment 
to participate in an outreach process called "Pass- 
ing On the Promise" in 1993-96; Assimilation — 
use of two new courses being produced by The 



General Conference Preview 

Brethren Church; Christian Education — using 
newly-developed teacher training materials; Social 
Responsibilities — conducting a study on and plan- 
ning ways to implement the proposed position on 
abortion; and Fair Share Support — increasing 
1992 Brethren Church Ministries support from $29 
to $31 per Church Growth Index unit and estab- 
lishing a $2 support level for Christian Campus 
Ministry (previously, only an offering was re- 
quested). Pastors and moderators received a com- 
plete listing of the proposed goals with the June 7, 
1991, Leadership Letter. 



Nominees for General Conference 
Executive Council 

The Nominating Committee has prepared a 
slate of candidates for election to the General Con- 
ference Executive Council (GCEC). Candidates 
elected will serve a three-year term on GCEC. One 
person will be elected for each position. 

Delegates will have opportunity to make 
nominations from the floor on Tuesday morning. 
Persons nominated from the floor should have 
given their approval prior to being nominated. 
Elections will be held Wednesday morning. 

Moderator- Elect (Moderator in 1992-93) 

Rev. Glenn Grumbling is pastor of the Col- 
lege Corner Brethren Church near Wabash, In- 
diana. Other congregations served have included 
Milford and Muncie, Indiana; Waterloo, Iowa; and 
Mt. Olivet, Georgetown, Delaware. He is presently 
a member of the Missionary Board of The Brethren 
Church and the Indiana District Ministry of Pas- 
toral and Congregational Care. He has been 
mioderator of Indiana, Central, and Pennsylvania 
district conferences. He and his wife, Nancy, are 
the parents of four children — Wayne, Thomas, 
Cheryl Black, and the late Becky Munoz. 

Rev. Keith Bennett is pastor of the Muncie, 
Indiana, First Brethren Chxirch. Other Brethren 
congregations he has served include Glenford and 
Trinity (Canton) in Ohio; South Bend, Indiana, 
First; and Bloomingdale (Brandon) in Florida. He 
is presently past moderator of the Indiana District 
and was previously coordinator (moderator) of the 
Florida District. Locally he chairs his county min- 
isterial association and serves on the mayor's task 
force on domestic violence. He and his wife, Mar- 
jorie, are the parents of two children — Adam and 
AUyson. 

Member At- Large 

Mr. R. Gault Aurand is a lay member of the 
Park Street Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. He 
holds bachelor's and master's (MBA) degn^ees from 
Ashland University and has taken courses at the 
seminary. Before retiring, he was a chemist with 



Ohio Seamless Tube and monitored EPA com- 
pliance. He has been an active deacon and member 
of the administrative board at Park Street. 

Mrs. Sherry Van Duyne has been Christian 
Education Coordinator at Park Street the past two 
years. She previously served two years on GCEC 
as a member at-large and as General Conference 
secretary and assistant secretary, as well as serv- 
ing on a variety of denominational committees and 
ministries. She is pursuing a Master of Arts degree 
at the seminEiry. 

Rev. Bill Walk is pastor of the Fremont, Ohio, 
Brethren Church. He previously served two years 
on GCEC representing the Mideast Region (Ohio 
and Pennsylvania districts) and was General Con- 
ference statistician for five years. He currently 
chairs the Ohio District Ministerial Examining 
Board. He is a graduate of Ashland University and 
Sem.inary. 

Plains Region Representative (Indiana 
and Central Districts) 

Mr. Steve Hollewell is active in the Lanark, 
Illinois, First Brethren Church and is a member of 
the board of trustees of Ashland University. 

Mr. Ross Trump is an active member of the 
Roann, Indiana, First Brethren Church and is 
known for his musical presentations. 

Important Reminders 

Conference delegates and guests are reminded 
that every person planning to attend Conference 
must complete a registration form (found on page 
13 of the June EVANGELIST). A reminder, also, that 
room reservations with prepayment by July 22 
results in a guaranteed reservation and a lower 
rate. Reservations for the banquets and luncheons 
should also be made by July 22. After that date, 
tickets are subject to availability. 

Times when the housing desk will be open and 
hours when credentials will be received during 
Conference week, as well as other important infor- 
mation about Conference, was included on page 12 
of the June issue. Information about the Brethren 
Youth Convention can also be found on that page. 



July/August 1991 



11 



In Word and Deed 



Planning 



Successful Revival Meetings 



By Reilly Smith 



SUCCESSFUL revival meetings 
begin and end with prayer. We 
need God's wisdom, direction, and 
power to be effective. We need 
guidance to get the right speaker 
and to pick the theme for the meet- 
ings. We need to pray for those 
who will attend: to prepare their 
hearts, to bring them in, to make 
commitments, etc. We need to pray 
before, during, and after the meet- 
ings. F*rayer is the key, the most 
important task. 

Beside prayer, following a six- 
step plan will help to insure suc- 
cessful revival meetings. But please 
note: they will only help if baptized 
with prayer. 

First, decide what type of meet- 
ing to hold. There are four basic 
types: evangelistic crusades, reviv- 
al services, Bible conferences, and 
youth conferences. Each type of 
meeting has its own purpose and 
problems. 

Evangelistic crusades try to win 
the lost to Christ. A church holding 
an evangelistic crusade needs to 
find ways to attract the lost. 
Preaching evangelistic messages to 
Christian people has little long- 
range benefit. 

Revival services try to motivate 
Christians to act. They attempt to 
move Christians out of their com- 
fort zones into the heat of spiritual 
battle. A church holding revival 
services needs to attract its mem- 
bers and friends. Messages de- 
signed to stir up Christians may 
not move sinners. 

Bible conferences try to bring 
Christians to a deeper under- 

Rev. Smith is pastor of the Mulvane, 
Kans., Brethren Church. He wrote this 
article at the request of the Evangelism 
and Church Growth Commission. 

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standing of some scripture pas- 
sage, doctrine, or issue. The prob- 
lem is how to attract those who 
should be involved, depending on 
the theme. A church may want to 
host its own members, other 
churches, some targeted group, or 
even the whole community. 

Youth conferences may be like 
any or all of the other three. They 
have special requirements, too: 
food, variety, special speaking 
skills, and fellowship activities at 
every service. 

Second, set goals. Ask, "Why 
are we going to hold these serv- 
ices?" "What do we want to happen 
because of these services?" "How 
will we know if we've been success- 
ful?" The answers to these ques- 
tions are the goals. They should be 
as specific as possible. If a church 
doesn't know why 
it wants to hold 
services, doesn't 
know what to ex- 
pect, and doesn't 
know how to eval- 
uate the results, it 
probably shouldn't 
hold them. 

Third, select a 
speaker. The speak- 
er should help the 
church reach its 
goals. Not every- 
one has the skills 
to lead a youth 
conference, or re- 
vival services, or 
£in ev£ingelistic cru- 
sade. Get a speak- 
er who has the 
skills needed for 
success. 

Fourth, prepare 
for success. Train 
workers for every 



job needed to make the services a 
success: counselors, ushers, song- 
leaders, servers, visitation teams, 
etc. Establish follow-up proced- 
ures. Decide who will follow 
through with those who make com- 
mitments . . . when . . . and how. 
Obtain all needed people and ma- 
terials before the services start. Do 
everything first class. Give God 
the very best effort possible. 

Fifth, invite people. Use direct 
mail. Send invitations to people on 
the church mailing list(s). Ask 
memibers and attenders to invite 
their neighbors and friends. Sup- 
ply them with well-written bro- 
chures or invitations. 

Target neighborhoods for tele- 
phone or house-to-house canvass- 
ing. Use cross-directories to isolate 
streets. (continued on next page) 



How to Get the Most From Your Evangelist 

1. Don't burden him with pastoral work. The pastor 
and deacons should visit the sick, the elderly, the 
wandering, and the lost The evangelist needs time to 
pray and study. His primary function is preaching and 
teaching. Also, allow him. to rest. Preaching is exhaust- 
ing work physically, mentally, and spiritually. Effective 
evangelistic preaching requires a prayed-up, well- 
prepared, and lively evangelist. 

2. Don't overexpose him to church people. Set times 
for fellowship and stick to them. The evangelist needs 
some contact with the people to discern their needs, but 
he also must be free to say, "Thus saith the Lord!" 
without fear of offending friends. If your meetings start 
on Sunday morning, a dinner following the morning 
service can be a great time to fellowship. An evening 
fellowship with the youth is nice, too. Be careful not to 
schedule much more than these if the purpose of the 
meetings is evangelistic or revival. (Note: Bible and 
youth conferences permit more fellowship.) 

3. Don't overfeed him. People love to practice 
hospitality, but consider the evangelist's health and 
comfort. Have the main meal at noon. Serve a light 
supper or snack at least an hour and a half before the 
evening service. The evangelist will preach much better 
if he's not stuffed. 



The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Garber Brethren Church Breaks Ground 
June 2 for Construction of New Sanctuary 



Ashland, Ohio — Members of the 
Ashland Garber Brethren Church 
broke ground Sunday afternoon, June 
2, for construction of a new sanctuary. 

The 3,400-square-foot addition, to 
be built on the south side of the pres- 
ent building, will seat approximately 
200 people. It will be of wood frame 
construction covered with vinyl 
siding. Estimated cost is $180,000. 

The ground-breaking service was 
led by members of the church's 
Finance Committee — Tom Stoffer 
(chair), Don Lawrance, John Rowsey 
(financial secretary). Rev. Bill Kemer 
(also moderator of the congregation), 
and Rev. Ralph Gibson (pastor). Par- 
ticipating in the actual breaking of 
ground were the members of the 
Sanctuary Planning Committee — 
Conrad Griffith, Rev. Kemer, Joanne 
Kroft, Ralph Mendenhall, Martha 
Weaver, and Pastor Gibson. 

In remarks he made during the 
service, Pastor Gibson noted that the 
Garber Church has gone through 
some difficult struggles in the past, 
even to the extent that some won- 



dered if the congregation could con- 
tinue. But because of the prayers, 
desire/commitment, and faith of its 
members, the church has not only sur- 
vived, but is 
now step- 
ping out in 
this new 
venture. 

When 
Gibson be- 
came pastor 
of the con- 
gregation in 
January 
1989, morn- 
ing worship 
attendance 
had been 
averaging 
around 40. 
Now wor- 
ship attend- 
ance is run- 
ning in the 
80's, and 
100 people 
were present 



for the morning worship service on 
the day of the ground breaking. The 
congregation has also already raised 
nearly one-third of the cost of the new 
sanctuary. 

Approximately 65 people attended 
the ground-breaking service, includ- 
ing a number of guests from the Ash- 
land Park Street Brethren Church. 




Breaking ground for the new sanctuary are (I. to r.) Pastor Ralph Gibson, 
Ralph Mendenhall, Conrad Griffith, Martha Weaver, Rev. Bill Kerner, and 
Joanne Kroft. Photo by Ron Waters 



Brethren from across the denomination have an oppor- 
tunity to assist in the construction of the new sanctuary of 
the Garber Brethren Church through the Brethren Construc- 
tion Fellowship. Brethren Men of Mission have designated 
this new building as their current construction project. Work 
teams are being recruited to help with the construction in 
July and August. In addition, a work afternoon is being 
planned as part of the Men of Mission schedule during 
General Conference week. If you are interested in helping 
with the construction of this building, contact your local Men 
of Mission officers, or national Men of Mission president Ken 
Van Duyne (phone 419-281-4891). 




The new sanctuary will be constructed on the south side of the present 
building, parallel to the current sanctuary, which will be converted to space 
for Christian education. Photo by John Rowsey. 



Successful Revival Meetings 

(continued from previous page) 
Prepare a standard telephone or 
doorstep procedure. Train the can- 
vassers. 

Get permission to display posters 
on local business bulletin boards 
and windows. Distribute flyers in 
targeted neighborhoods, malls, 
shopping areas, etc. 

Advertise. Purchase newspaper 
ads in local newspapers or shop- 
pers. Use free news releases. Place 
a public service announcement on 

July/August 1991 



community radio stations. Let 
people know that something special 
is happening at your church and 
that they're invited. 

Sixth, follow through. Counsel 
those who make a commitment im- 
mediately, at the altar or in a prayer 
room. Contact every visitor to the 
services. Mail letters or postcards 
thanking visitors for coming. Assign 
someone to telephone visitors after 
the meetings have ended to invite 
them to church. Send a visitation 
team to contact every unchurched 
visitor. Enroll those who make com- 



mitments in a discipleship group or 
Bible study. 

People write books about holding 
revival meetings. I've written only 
the most basic guidelines based on 
my experience as a pastor hosting 
revival meetings and as an evan- 
gelist. Success doesn't just happen. 
We must pray, plan, and work — in 
that order. [f] 

I used to ask God to help me. Then 
I asked if I might help Him. I ended 
up asking Him to do His work through 
me. — Hudson Taylor 

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UPDATE 



Corinth Church Sets Attendance Record; 
Holds Ground-Breaking for New Addition 



Twelve Mile, Ind. — Spring 1991 
was a history-making season for the 
congregation of the Corinth Brethren 
Church. 

On April 27 the congregation set an 
all-time attendance record for a Sun- 
day morning worship service, when 
217 people crowded the sanctuary for 
Friend Day 3. The attendance was 
only slightly less than the all-time 
attendance record for any service, set 
back in 1922 when 226 people at- 
tended the dedication service for the 
remodeled church building. 

The Sunday school hour on Friend 
Day 3 featured the third annual Kids 
versus Adults attendance contest, to 
see which group could have the 
greater number present for the educa- 
tional hour. The children won for the 
third straight year (and were later 
rewarded with a pool and pizza party 
at the Logansport YMCA.) 

The morning worship hour featured 
music selections from the Caston 
High School Swing Choir. Corinth 
member Billy Brady was a member of 
the choir. 

Guest speaker for the worship 
service was Coach Marvin Wood of 
Mishawaka, Ind. Coach Wood, now 
retired, is best remembered as the 
coach of the 1954 Milan, Ind., High 
School basketball team, which won 
the Indiana State championship in a 
stunning upset of a school much 
larger than itself in size. It was this 
team and coach that served as the 
basis for the nationally released 
movie Hoosiers. 

Coach Wood shared the two 
greatest loves of his life, basketball 
and the Lord Jesus Christ. He related 
numerous accounts from his coaching 
career, including details about 
players on that championship team 
and their lives following that historic 
season. He also testified to the help 
and assistance that Christ has 
provided him throughout his life, 
giving God praise for His constant 
care. 

Sunday evening, June 16, was the 
second history-making day for the 
Corinth Brethren this spring. On that 
evening, more than 70 people 
gathered to break ground for a new 
educational and fellowship hall for 
the church. 

Special guests for this occasion 
were Indiana District Elder Gene 
Eckerley, General Conference 

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Guest speaker Marvin Wood, head coach of 
the legendary 1954 Milan High School Indi- 
ana State basketball championship team. 



chairman Mike Morrow. Then the 
members of the Expansion Commit- 
tee (Mike Morrow, Merrill Grable, 
Ray Staller, Frances Beckley, Lynnea 
Strong, Carl Scott, George Staller, 
Marvin Dillman, Moderator Moss, 
and Pastor Brady) and the guests got 
a turn at the shovel. The service was 
closed with prayer by the guest elders, 
and refreshments followed. 

An interesting sidelight to the 
ground-breaking ceremony is that it 
occurred exactly 101 years after the 
date of the ceding of the church 
property to the Corinth congregation. 
Final papers completing the land sale 
to the church were signed on June 16, 
1880. Pastor Bill Brady states: "It is 
our prayer that the history and vision 
of our Brethren ancestors will con- 
tinue to grow in the hearts and lives 
of their descendants as we face the 
challenge of the future." 

— reported by Pastor Bill Brady 




Members of the Church Expansion Committee and guests who helped break ground included 
(I. to r.) Eric Wolfe of Wolfe Construction, Carl Scott, Pastor Bill Brady, Ray Staller, Frances 
Beckley, Mexico Pastor Rick Voorhees, Mike Morrow, Moderator Dennis Moss, Lynnea Strong, 
Merrill Grable, District Elder Gene Eckerley, General Conference Moderator Jim Sluss, and 



Marvin Dillman. 

Moderator James Sluss, Mexico (In- 
diana) First Brethren Church pastor 
Rick Voorhees, and Mr. Eric Wolfe, 
president of Wolfe Construction, who 
will oversee construction of the new 
building. 

Following a time of reminiscing 
about past historical changes in the 
church facilities, Corinth moderator 
Dennis Moss gave details about the 
new building and presented the 
signed contracts to Mr. Wolfe. Chal- 
lenges and congratulations were pre- 
sented to the Corinth congregation by 
Rev. Eckerley and Rev. Sluss. 

The first shovel of earth was turned 
by Moderator Moss, Corinth pastor 
Rev. Bill Brady, and Trustee Board 



Photos by Julie Schroder. 



B. Graham School of Evangelism 
To be Held in Moscow July 8-13 

Moscow, Russia — In response to an ur- 
gent and enthusiastic request from church 
leaders across the Soviet Union, the Billy 
Graham Evangelistic Association will hold 
a School of Evangelism in Moscow July 
8-13, the first ever such event in that coun- 
try. Approximately 4,500-5,000 pastors 
and lay leaders are expected to attend. 

Within the Soviet Union today, there is a 
spiritual hunger among the people and 
growing opportunities for evangelism by 
the churches. "Things are more open now 
in the Soviet Union than ever before," said 
Billy Graham. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



Rev. Herb and Evelyn Gilmer — 
"South Whitley's Good Samaritans'' 



The following article, written by 
Kim Trader, appeared in the South 
Whitley, Indiana, Tribune-News in 
May and is reprinted here by permis- 
sion of that newspaper. 

Unfortunately, in this day and age, 
one is hard pressed to find someone, 
somewhere, who will do something for 
NOTHING. However, one does not 
have to look past West Columbia 
Street in South Whitley to find not 
only one, but two such people — Herb 
and Evelyn Gilmer 

The Gilmers, who themselves are 
enjoying their "golden year," are help- 
ing other senior citizens who are not 
as capable as they. 

Herb and Evelyn have been deliver- 
ing daily meals to the home-bound for 
about the last six years. They began 
delivering meals to 28 residents of the 
former South Whitley Christian 
Manor but deliver meals to ordy six 
South Whitley residents now. In addi- 
tion to the food service, the Gilmers 
provide transportation for seniors to 
doctor appointments and wherever 




Rev. Herb and Evelyn Gilmer 

else they may need to go. They 
transport the elderly to Columbia 
City, Warsaw, North Manchester, 
and Ft. Wayne. This effort is in con- 
junction with the Whitley County 
Council on Aging, who compensate 



the Gilmers for mileage because they 
use their personal auto. Any money 
given to Herb and Evelyn by their 
riders is given back to the council. 

Eveljm also serves on the Board of 
Directors for the Council on Aging and 
helps with the AW ANA program at 
the First Baptist Church. 

Herb officiates Sunday services at 
the Center Chapel Brethren Church 
in rural Roann. After church on Sun- 
day, the couple visit members of their 
congregation. 

The Gilmers have been married for 
53 years and have four children, 10 
grandchildren, and 5 great-grand- 
children. 

When asked what they did for en- 
joyment, the couple said that helping 
people was their enjoyment and any 
time they had left was spent with each 
other and their family. 

Herb and Evelyn first met in ele- 
mentary school. They attended the 
fourth and fifth grades together, but 
then were separated until their junior 
year of high school, when they began 
going together. They have been to- 
gether ever since. 

The Gilmers feel the Lord has been 
very good to them and as long as they 
are able to help people, they will do so. 
And they ask nothing in return. 



Dealing With Conflict is Theme 
Of Indiana District Conference 

Shipshew^ana, Ind. — William 
Bontrager was the keynote speaker 
for the Indiana District summer in- 
spirational conference, held June 7-8 
at the Brethren Retreat Center on the 
outskirts of Shipshewana. 

Bontrager, formerly of the Winding 
Waters Church in Elkhart, Ind., and 
presently director of Shepherds of 
Peace, a conflict resolution organiza- 
tion based in southwest Colorado, led 
four presentations on the theme, 
"Dealing with Conflict in Our Homes 
and Our Churches." In addition to 
lecture-style presentations, he also 
guided volunteers in role-playing a 
biblical method of conflict resolution. 

Other speakers for the conference 
included General Conference Moder- 
ator Jim Sluss and Indiana District 
Moderator Jim Miller. 

Sluss used Acts 2:42-47 to em- 
phasize three relationship themes: 
upward — our salvation and relation- 
ship with God; together — our fellow- 
ship with other believers; and out- 
ward — our evangelistic relationship 
with the world. He also offered the 
district (which is his home district) 

July/August 1991 




Speaker Bill Bontrager, stripped down to his "How Dare you Sue " T-shirt, instructs (I. to r.) 
Rev. Brad Hardesty, Janice Azbell, and Dayrl Merrill for a role-play in conflict resolution. 



several challenges based on denomi- 
national priorities of The Brethren 
Church. Regarding church planting, 
he suggested that the denomination 
needs to "pick up the pace," and he 
challenged the Indiana District to 
plant one new church each year. 

Saturday afternoon Miller used 
selected texts to challenge listeners to 
have a passion for Christ that leads to 
a passion for evangelism. 

This is the third year the district 



has held two conference sessions — an 
inspirational conference at Ship- 
shewana in June and a business con- 
ference in a district church in Septem- 
ber. Attendance at the Friday session 
was very strong, but considerably 
fewer Brethren attended the Satur- 
day sessions. 

The fall business conference is 
scheduled for Saturday, September 
14, at Nappanee, Indiana. 

— Ronald W. Waters 



15 



UPDATE 



Howard Mack Retires June 7 After 23 Years 
With Brethren Pubhshing/Printing Company 



Ashland, Ohio — J. Howard Mack, 
Sr., (68) retired June 7 from the 
Brethren Printing Company (former- 
ly the print shop of the Brethren 
PubHshing Company), where he had 
worked for the past 23 years. 

Howard moved, with his wife, 
Kathy, and their seven children, to 
Ashland from Uniontown, Pa., in Sep- 
tember 1968 to take a job at the 
Publishing Compeiny because of his 
desire and his sense of call to work for 
the church. Before coming to the 
Publishing Company, he had worked 
at a machine shop in Uniontown and 
also did some free-lance work in 
graphic arts (silk-screening). He had 
been interested in working for the 
church for some time, and in 1968 the 
door opened for him to do so. 

During his 23 years in the print 
shop, Howard did almost every job at 
some time or other, including serving 
as interim shop foreman (production 
manager). His initial responsibilities 
were mainly in the bindery area — 
folding, stitching, and cutting the 
various publications. He soon took 
over addressing and mailing them as 
well, and he helped out on the press. 

His work changed considerably in 
the 1970s, when the print shop grad- 
ually made the changeover from letter 
press to offset printing. His major 
responsibilities went from post-press 
(after-printing) tasks to pre-press 
work ("key-lining," camera and 
darkroom work, and platemaking). 
He was also the Publishing Com- 
pany's resident artist and could al- 
ways be counted on to modify or draw 
an illustration or design a cover. 

In addition to serving the Lord 
through his work, Howard, a ninth 




Howard and Kathy Mack 

generation lineal descendant of 
Brethren leader Alexander Mack, has 
also served the Lord through his in- 
volvement in The Brethren Church. 
Surprisingly, though, he did not grow 
up a Brethren. It wasn't until he was 
a young adult that he joined the 
Uniontown Brethren Church, and 
that largely through the influence of 
a young lady, Kathleen Solomon, who 
later became his wife. 

After moving to Ashland, Howard 
and Kathy joined Park Street Breth- 
ren Church. They are deacon and 
deaconess, and Howard sings in the 
choir and serves on the Ministry of 
Church Facilities. Kathy was church 
secretary for a number of years. 

In reflecting on his years with the 
Brethren Publishing/Printing Com- 
pany, Howard said, "It has been a 



definite rewarding experience work- 
ing, not first for the Publishing Com- 
pany, but for the Lord. By working for 
the Publishing Company, I have been 
able to be a part of spreading the Good 
News virtually around the world." 

"All of the editors of the EVANGELIST 
have always been helpful in making 
my job interesting and in most cases 
a labor of Christian love," he added. 
"Dick Winfield (the current editor) has 
also been a great help with his explicit 
information on the EVANGELIST." 

Howard also expressed his deep ap- 
preciation to "his dear friend and col- 
league. Dale Gardner . . . who has 
always been an enormous help [to 
me]." Dale, a pressman for the Pub- 
lishing Company for 29 years, retired 
in April 1990 but continues to work 
part time when needed. 

Though officially retired, Howard is 
still "on call" to help out. He also will 
continue to do minor repairs and 
maintenance work on the Brethren 
National Offices building, another 
task he has handled for several years. 

Editor Dick Winfield, who has 
worked with Howard since 1977, said, 
"Working with Howard has been a 
real blessing for me. We worked close- 
ly together, because his work on the 
Evangelist began where mine left off. 
He made every effort to follow 
through with my intent, and was al- 
ways willing to go the second, or even 
third, mile. In addition, he was a valu- 
able source of suggestions, counsel, 
and encouragement for me. It has 
always been evident to me that 
Howard's work was more than a job 
to him, but a service to the Lord and 
the church. The Brethren Church has 
been fortunate to have had him in its 
service for the past 23 years." 

A farewell was held for Howard by 
his coworkers in the National Offices 
on June 6, and a retirement dinner in 
his honor will be held July 8. 



Milledgeville Youth Groups 
Sponsor Olde English Feste 

Milledgeville, 111. — "The Sword 
and the Stone" was the theme of an 
"Olde English Feste" sponsored May 
6 by the junior and senior high youth 
of the Milledgeville Brethren Church. 
The setting for the event was merrie 
olde England in the time of King 
Henry VIII and his queen, Catherine. 
The fellowship hall of the church was 
transformed into a castle. Upon cross- 
ing the drawbridge over the moat that 
surrounded the castle, guests 
gathered in Sherwood Forest. From 

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there they were ushered into the ban- 
quet hall, where they were seated at 
long tables adorned with candles, 
fruit, and ivy. Banners, shields, 
murals, plants, indirect colored light- 
ing, and a throne for the king added 
to the medieval atmosphere. 

The program began with the "Was- 
sail!" a toast presented by Ryan Gor- 
don, director of Youth Ministries for 
the Milledgeville Church. Then the 
banquet began, served by the youth. 
The feast included such culinary 
delights as Jester Salad, Kingly 
Delight "Boar's Head," Sir John 
Potatoes, Madrigal Beans, Lady 
Baker's Bread, Sir Walter Raleigh 



Dessert, and Serf Beverages. 

The entertainment for the event 
was an inspirational message pre- 
sented by Sir (Rev.) Russell Gordon, 
Director of Home Missions for The 
Brethren Church. The banquet con- 
cluded with a responsive reading 
called "The Banner of the Cross." 

Free-will donations were received 
to cover the cost of the banquet, with 
any profits to go to the National Youth 
Project. The youth enjoyed planning 
and setting up for the banquet, cook- 
ing and serving the meal, and clean- 
ing up afterward, but thought the 
dirty dishes would never end! 

— reported by Ryan Gordon 

The Brethren Evangeust 




Little Crusader 

Jesus said, **Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 

GONE FISHIN' 

Lots of people like to fish, especially in the sum- 
mer Some of Jesus' disciples were fishermen. It was 
their job. They caught fish and sold them to make 
money. Some days the fishing was good, and other 
days the fishing was bad. Sometimes they couldn't 
even catch one fish! 

It was on one of those bad days that Simon Peter and three other fishermen met 
Jesus. These men had been fishing with their nets out in the deep waters of a lake all 
night and hadn't caught anything. But Jesus told them to go out onto the lake and to put 
down their nets again. 

Simon Peter grumbled and said, "We worked all night and don't have even one fish 
to show for all our work!" He grumbled some more before he said, "But since You asked 
me to, I will do it." As they put up their sails and headed out onto the lake, he was probably 
thinking, "I just know this isn't going to do any good!" 

Do you know what happened? A surprise happened; a very big, BIG, BIG surprise! 
Simon Peter didn't think Jesus could change anything, but he obeyed Him anyway. 

And they caught so many fish that when they pulled the bursting nets on board the boat, 
the fish weighed down the boat so much that it started to sink. The fishermen had to call 
another boat to help them haul this huge, miraculous catch of fish back to shore. 

But there is still one more surprise in what happened next. When they got to the 
shore, they did NOT jump out of their boat and rush off to market to sell their fish! Jesus 
told them, "Come with me and I will teach you how to catch people!" 

To find out what happened next, cross out the first letter and every other letter 
in the "words" below, then put the remaining letters on the blanks beneath them. 

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dabnkd 



jfpoklilhonwjehd 



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YOU CAN "CATCH PEOPLE" TOO! 

Ask a grown-up for some clean styrofoam meat or 
vegetable trays. Draw a good-sized fish on each tray 
with permanent markers and use scissors to cut them 
out. Using a permanent marker, write on each fish the 
name of someone you know who doesn't come to 
church. Punch a hole in each fish. Then make a fishing 
pole by tying a string to a good-sized stick. Make a hook for your fishing pole by tying a small 
paper clip to the string and pulling one end of the paper clip open. With a grown-up's permission, 
put water in a bathtub or kiddy pool. Put all your "fish" into the water and then "go fishin'." As you 
catch each fish, pray for the person whose name is written on it. 



Paper clip hook 



July/August 1991 



UPDATE 



Randy Saultz Set Apart as Brethren Elder 
June 2nd at Park Street Brethren Church 



Ashland, Ohio — John Randall 
Saultz was set apart as an elder in 
The Brethren Church on Sunday, 
June 2, during the 8:30 a.m. wor- 
ship service of the Ashland Park 
Street Brethren Church, where he 
serves as associate pastor. 

Formerly ordained in the 
Churches of Christ in Christian 
Union, this setting apart service 
was a recognition that Rev. Saultz 
had met the requirements of the 
Ohio District Ministerial Examin- 
ing Board and the National Or- 
dination Council for his ordination 
to be recognized in The Brethren 
Church. 

The service was conducted by 
Dr. Arden E. Gilmer, senior pastor 
of the Park Street Brethren 
Church. Assisting in the service 
was Dr. Jerry Flora, professor of 
New Testament Theology at Ash- 
land Theological Seminary. 

Randy was bom in 1962 in Chil- 
licothe, Ohio, but his family moved to 




Rev. Randy Saultz 

Vestal, New York, when Randy was 
12, when his father accepted a pas- 
torate there. Randy attended Vestal 
High School, receiving his diploma in 



Roann Believes Its New Growth 
Is the Result of Consistent Prayer 

Roann, Ind. — Twenty people joined 
the Roann First Brethren Church on 
Sunday, May 26, and seven others 
will soon be ready for membership. 

Of the 20 who joined on May 26, 
most were first-time confessions, al- 
though some had been baptized ear- 
lier but had never felt the call to be 
active members of the Roann congre- 
gation. In addition to these 27 new 
and prospective members, several 
other people have renewed their faith 
and made deeper commitments to the 
Lord in recent months. 

According to Roann Pastor Phil 
Medsger, the congregation believes 
this growth is a direct result of consis- 
tent prayer for the church, and in 
particular the prayers of a small 
group that faithfully meets twice 
monthly to pray. Soon after this 
prayer group was formed (about a 
year ago), attitudes of people in the 
congregation began to gradually but 
noticeably change. 

It was not long before three men in 
the church decided that a men's group 
was needed for Christian fellowship 
and to reach out to the community 
with the Good News. For the first 
meeting, these men — Bob Miller, 



Gerald Dyson, and Lorin 
Haupert — planned and pre- 
pared a chicken barbecue. 
As a result, the Roann Men 
of Mission was formed, which now has 
17 members. Activities of this group 
have included a workday at camp 
Shipshewana, bowling, cutting fire- 
wood for those in need, and preparing 
a meal for the W.M.S. The men are 
also beginning a dart-ball league. 

A small group of ladies in the 
church has begun a newsletter. This 
paper includes not only church 
events, but also poetry, inspiring ar- 
ticles from members of the congrega- 
tion, and interviews with people in the 
church. This newsletter is also being 
used of God in outreach. 

The church is also in the process of 
buying a four-by-eight foot lighted 
sign for the front lawn. The congrega- 
tion wants everyone to know that 
"God is alive in the Roann First 
Brethren Church" (a theme you will 
also find on T-shirts worn by the 
youth of the congregation). 

— reported by Pastor Phil Medsger 

Note: The Roann Church is interested 
in buying a used shaft elevator. Anyone 
with information about a used elevator 
for sale is asked to contact Pastor Phil 
Medsger at P.O. Box 246, Roann, IN 
46974 (phone 317-833-5481). 



June 1980. He then retvimed to Ohio 
to attend Circleville Bible College, 
from which he received a Bachelor of 
Theology degree in May 1985. 

He served as pastor of the Wesley 
Chapel Church of Christ in Chris- 
tian Union in Winchester, Ohio, 
for two years before enrolling in 
Ashland Theological Seminary in 
1987. While attending seminary. 
Randy began serving the Park 
Street congregation in 1988 as the 
chvirch's minister to the Ashland 
University campus. The following 
year he became interim Minister 
of Outreach for the Park Street 
congregation, and in 1990 he be- 
came associate pastor of the 
church. He completed his work at 
Ashland Theological Seminary 
this year, receiving a Master of 
Divinity degree in Pastoral Coun- 
seling in May. 

Randy is married to the former 
Nita Jo Potter of London, Ohio. 
They have one child, Karissa Jo, 
who was a year old in June. 



Newsletter Alerts Movie-Goers 
To Offensive Content in Films 

Boca Raton, Fla. — The motion pic- 
ture rating system doesn't offer much 
help in determining the amount of 
objectionable material in a movie, but 
that is exactly the purpose of a new 
newsletter called Entertainment Re- 
search Report. 

This newsletter offers help to people 
who are looking for a decent film for 
themselves or their children to view 
in a theater or on home video. 

Published twice a month, the Enter- 
tainment Research Report includes 
coverage of 10 to 15 current movies, 
giving a brief synopsis of the plot of 
each movie followed by specific details 
and checklists of all the sex, violence, 
profanity, and questionable situa- 
tions or conduct found in the film. The 
newsletter contains no actual review- 
ing, editorializing, or recommenda- 
tions about films, leaving the decision 
about whether or not to see them up 
to the reader. 

A subscription to Entertainment 
Research Report costs $39.95 a year 
for 24 issues. A special four-month 
introductory offer is also available for 
$14.95. It is published by Entertain- 
ment Research Group, Inc., P.O. Box 
810608, Boca Raton, FL 33481 (phone 
(800-322-1296). Churches might 
want to encourage their local public 
libraries to subscribe, or even get a 
subscription for the church library. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



From 
The 




Grape 
Vine 



The JefTerson Brethren Church near 
Goshen, Ind., received some almost un- 
believable good news on June 4 when it 
learned that an anonymous donor had paid 
off the mortgage on its new building. The 
Jefferson congregation just recently com- 
pleted a new Christian education facility 
(featured in the May Evangelist) and owed 
over $200,000 on the building. But the 
church received word from the bank that 
someone had paid off the loan. 

The Bell Choir of the Berlin, Pa., 
Brethren Church traveled to Wayne, New 
Jersey, on June 25 to participate in the East- 
em Area U Bell Choir Festival. In addition 
to joining other groups in the mass bell 
choir concert, the Berlin choir led a worship 
service for the other participants during the 
festival. 



Position Opening: 

Manager 
Brethren Printing Co. 

Robert Allen has announced his 
intention to retire as manager of the 
Brethren Printing Company this fall. 
The board of directors announces its 
desire to receive applications and 
resumes for the position. 

The manager has broad respon- 
sibilities in staffing, marketing and 
sale of printing services to the 
community and church, overseeing 
production, and managing the busi- 
ness on a daily basis. The ideal can- 
didate will have had previous printing 
and business management ex- 
perience. 

A brief position description is being 
sent to pastors by July 15. Contact 
your pastor for a copy or write to the 
address below. 

Applications and resumes should 
be sent as soon as possible and 
preferably before July 31 to: 

Ralph Gibson, President 

Brethren Printing Company 

524 College Ave. 



Dr. Dale Stoffer, pastor of the Smoky 
Row Brethren Church, Columbus, Ohio, 
was the commencement speaker this spring 
for the graduation ceremonies of Bethany 
Seminary, the Church of the Brethren semi- 
nary in Chicago, 111. In addition to his pas- 
toral responsibilities. Dr. Stoffer is assistant 
professor of historical theology at Ashland 
Theological Seminary. 

Jan Rinehart, a member of the Ashland 
Park Street Brethren Church, is spending 
six weeks studying in Israel and Egypt this 
summer (three weeks in each country) in the 
FuUbright-Hayes Study Abroad Program. 
Out of hundreds of applicants, she was one 
of only 17 teachers across the U.S. and one 
of two from Ohio to be chosen to par- 
ticipate. The purpose of this study program 
is to create greater understanding and ap- 
preciation of the histroy and culture of these 
countries. Mrs. Rinehart plans to use her 
experiences this summer to enrich her 
teaching in her sixth-grade classes at Grant 
Street School in Ashland. 

The Woman's Missionary Society of 
the Goshen, Ind., First Brethren Church 

raised $3,300 for support of missionaries at 
an all-church garage sale and auction it 
sponsored May 12. Reporter Peggy Miller 
noted that the overwhelming response from 
the congregation, good publicity, beautiful 
weather, and plenty of helping hands all 
contributed to the success of the event. 



"Hawaiian Dream" was the theme of 
the Mother-Daughter Banquet held May 30 
at the Louisville, Ohio, First Brethren 
Church. Tables were decorated with min- 
iature palm plants and pineapples, and 
slides of Hawaii were shown during the 
devotions. Many colorful outfits were worn 
by the 130 who attended, including muu- 
muus and grass skirts, and prizes were given 
for the most creative, the most authentic, 
and the most colorful. 



New York, N.Y. — The complete 
Bible became available for the first 
time in four additional languages and 
the complete New Testament in 15 
more languages during 1990, according 
to an American Bible Society report. 

This brings to 3 1 8 the total number 
of languages into which the Bible has 
been translated and to 726 the number 
of languages having the New Testament. 

At least one book of the Bible has 
now been printed in 1,946 languages 
and dialects, an increase of 18 over 
1989. More than 80 percent of the 
world's population now has access to at 
least a portion of the Bible in a language 
the people can speak or understand. 

The United Bible Societies are now 
working with translators in 406 lan- 
guage projects in which a part of the 
Bible is being translated for the first 
time. 



In Memory 

Beulah Uhler, 97, June 23. Member for 54 years 
of the Elkhart First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Timothy P. Gamer. 
Thelma E. Saylor, 8 1, June 14. Longtime mem- 
ber of the Berlin Brethren Church, where she 
served for many years as organist and choir direc- 
tor. Services by Pastor St. Clair Benshoff 
Thelma Ethna Scott, 82, June 9. Member for 7 1 
years of the Warsaw First Brethren Church. Serv- 
ices by Pastor Mitchell Funkhouser. 
Ruby Seymour, 76, June 7. Member for 67 years 
of the St. James Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Brian Moore. 

E. Sam Plank, 63, June 6. Member of the Flora 
First Brethren Church, where he served as a 
trustee. Services by Pastor Alvin Grumbling. 
Dr. Owen H. Alderfer, 67, June 4. Dr. Alderfer, 
a member of the Brethren in Christ Church, was 
a professor of church history at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary from 1965 through 1980. 
Elsie Zichaus, 86, May 29. Member of The 
Brethren Church in New Lebanon. Services by 
Pastor James F. Black. 

Norma Edwards, 87, May 25. Member of The 
Brethren Church in New Lebanon. Services by 
Pastor James F. Black. 

Weddings 

Rachal Allen to Michael Cox, June 15, at the 
WatcrUxi First Brethren Church; Pastor Ron 
Waters officiating. Members of the Waterlcx) 
First Brethren Church. 



July/August 1991 



Lisa Elaine Bair to Todd Michael Kammerer, 

June 15, at the Warsaw First Brethren Church; 
Pastor Mitchell Funkhouser officiating. Bride a 
member of the Warsaw First Brethren Church. 
Beth Knowlton to Michael Rairdon, June 1, at 
the Ardmore Brethren Church; Pastor William 
Shipman officiating. Bride a member of the 
Ardmore Brethren Church. 
Suzanne Alese to Christopher McNicholas, 
May 29, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Bride a member 
of the Pleasant View Brethren Church. 
Teresa Shanholtz to Craig Crowl, May 25, at 
the St. James Brethren Church; Pastor Brian 
Moore officiating. Bride a member of the St. 
James Brethren Church. 



Goldenaires 

Murle and Louise Dietz, 50th, August 23. 
Members of the Waterloo First Brethren Church. 

Harold and Helen Moser, 55th August 12. 
Members of the Waterloo First Bretlvren Church. 

Harry and Grace Weidenhanier, 60th, June 2 1 . 
Members of the Park Street Brethren Church. 

Dr. Virgil and Alice Ingraham, 50th, June 14. 
Members of the Park Street Brethren Church. 



Membership Growth 

Pleasant View: 1 by transfer 

Park Street: 14 by baptism. 8 by transfer 

New Lebanon: 6 by baptism, I by traiisl'cr 

Ardmore: 1 by baptism, 1 by confession of taith 

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First there 



was one. 



Now there 



are two! 




The second course in the new video curriculum will soon be released. 
Knowing the Word's Worth provides a comprehensive survey of the Old and 

New Testaments of the Bible, giving students the broad perspective of God's 
message to His people. Video presenter is Dr. Ben Witherington. 

The new^ course joins Jlieology for Life featuring Dr. Jerry Flora and intro- 
duced last winter. Courses may be studied in any sequence. 

The video curriculum, a joint project of The Brethren Church and Ashland 
Theological Seminary, is designed for individual study, Sunday school classes, 
Bible studies, and discipleship groups. 

The video courses include: 

13 video-taped segments (VHS) featuring a seminary professor 
An outline and additional information on the video content 
Suggested lesson plans for classroom use 



One copy of a resource textbook 

Reproducible student study sheets 

One complimentary enrollment for the ATS 
Certificate Program in Christian Ministries 

Cost of each of these reusable and compre- 
hensive studies is $100. Student textbooks are 
available for 10% off suggested retail price. 

If you or your class are serious about spiritual 
maturity, you'll w^ant to study Knowing the 
Word's Worth and Tlieology for Life. 

Order today or call for more information: 

The Brethren Church, Inc. 

524 Cohege Ave. 

Ashland, OH 44805 

419-289-1708 






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Developing a Global Vision 




Get the Word Out 



AN ENCYCLOPEDIA SALESMAN 
visited my home recently and 
began reciting his spieL Within 
minutes, sweat was rolling down 
his cheeks and neck. He sopped his 
face with a handkerchief and said, 
"I'm new at this." 

I lowered the temperature set- 
ting on the air conditioner, but the 
man kept perspiring and stum- 
bling through his presentation. 
Soon he looked like a sauna adver- 
tisement. 

"I am really sorry," said the 
man, a college student on summer 
vacation. "I'm new at this." But I 
had to admit that he was deter- 
mined (if not also dehydrated). 

His visit reminded me of another 
kind of door-to-door book sales- 
men: the Bible colporteurs of the 
19th century. 

James "Diego" Thomson and 
Francisco Penzotti traveled the 
length of Latin America during the 
1800s selling and distributing 
Bibles. They hit stiff opposition 
from the traditional Roman Cath- 
olic hierarchy, which tried to keep 
Bibles from the laity. 

On occasion, Thomson and Pen- 
zotti and other colporteurs were 
chased, stoned, jailed, and other- 
wise harassed. But they always 
kept going — trusting the promise 
that God's word would not return 
void. 

A hunger for God's word 

We North American Christians, 
with a copy on every coffee table, 
may take the Bible for granted. So 
it's encouraging to hear about a 

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hunger for God's word in other 
parts of the world, particularly in 
countries that until recently re- 
stricted access to the Bible. 

For instance, the United Bible 
Societies (UBS) reports high inter- 
est in Scripture in Cuba. For the 
first time since Fidel Castro's 
revolution, the Cuban government 
is allowing entry of large quan- 
tities of Scriptures. And people are 
reportedly snapping up all avail- 
able copies. 

Young people most interested 

When Bibles went on sale re- 
cently in two Cuban cities, people 
left long waiting lines at pizzerias 
to race to the bookstores to get 
Bibles before limited supplies ran 
out. Said UBS official Marco Her- 
rera, "Young people are the most 
interested." 

When a Cuban boy's father could 
not give a Bible to someone who 
requested a copy, the concerned 
boy rose at four o'clock the next 
morning and got two old Bibles 
that belonged to his grandfather. 
The first Bible lacked part of the 
Old Testament, and the second, 
part of Revelation. But the child 
managed to put together one com- 
plete Bible, and later that day he 
gave the Bible he'd made to the 
youth who had requested one, UBS 
reported. 

In the Soviet Union, Bibles are 
being publicly distributed for the 
first time since 1917, UBS reports. 
The government printer in Lenin- 
grad last year printed 100,000 
copies of the Bible. 



In Czechoslovakia, the Minister 
of Education Petr Vopenka recent- 
ly told students in a nationwide 
radio transmission, "If you don't 
learn the Bible, your education 
will be incomplete." 

A 30-year-old Czech read one of 
the Gospels for the first time and 
told a reporter, "I was impressed 
by the strong power of the words." 

"Scriptuve is meant to be 
read, meditated upon, and 
taught. We em.bark upon a 
potentially life-changing ex- 
perience every tim.e we open 
our Bibles . . . ." 

He called the Bible "a treasure 
that should never have been hid- 
den from the people for so many 
years." 

In China, a 74-year-old man told 
UBS his bibles were confiscated 
and burned during the Cultural 
Revolution. He managed to borrow 
a copy, however, and began copy- 
ing it by hand. He asked his 16- 
year-old daughter to help, and she 
converted to Christianity in the 
copying process. 

Now that some Bibles are avail- 
able in China, Mr. Yang says, "I 
buy boxes of Bibles to sell to my 
neighbors." 

The Bible is not magical or di- 
vine in itself. UBS reports that in 
Haiti, some syncretistic Christians 
sleep with Bibles under their pil- 
lows to avoid nigiitmaires. Others 
tear a page from the Bible, put it 
in a cup of boiling water like tea, 
then drink the water like medicine. 
We worship God, not the Bible. 

Meant to be read 

But in the Bible we find God's 
message of Christ and reconcilia- 
tion. Scripture is meant to be read, 
meditated upon, and taught. We 
embark upon a potentially life- 
changing experience every time we 
open our Bibles — God's word, 
which is "living and active, sharper 
than any double-edged sword." 

A Suriname jail warden, amazed 
by the changes in inmates after 
Scripture distribution, told the 
Bible Societies, "The Bible is the 
best method for changing these 
men and women." 

Now that's a book worth working 
up a sweat for! [j] 

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Features 

An Incisive Look at the Brethren Church by David Cooksey 4 

The annual report on the spiritual state of The Brethren Church. 

"Show the Faith" by James Sluss 6 

The 1991 General Conference Moderator's Address. 

State of the Youth Address by Paul Sluss 7 

A look at the past, present, and future of youth in The Brethren 
Church. 



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General Conference Report 

10 



Sharing the Blessings of Conference; Monday Evening Wor- 
ship Celebration; Tuesday Morning Worship Hour 

A Call for Excellence (Speaker Dr. George Sweeting) 12 

General Conference Business 14 

Thursday and Friday Worship Services 17 

Auxiliary Sessions 19 

The 1991 Brethren Youth Convention 20 

Ministry Pages Ministry of Discipleship 

Show^ing the Faith Through the Ministry of Discipleship 26 



Departments 

Developing a Global Vision 

by John Maust 



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Also in This Issue: The Woman's Outlook Newsletter for September/ 
October is stapled into the middle of this issue of the Evangelist. 

The Cover: 

Top photo: Thirty-four Brethren churches were presented certificates of 
appreciation during the Friday morning business session of General Con- 
ference for giving 100% (or more) of their Fair Share support to the denomina- 
tion during 1990. (See the list of churches in the footnote on page 15). The pastor or 
a representative from each church was asked to come forward to receive the 
certificate. 

Middle Photo: A six-hour "Walk Thru the Bible" provided the major learn- 
ing experience for the youth during their Convention. They presented an 
amazing five-minute "Run Thru" of what they had learned, complete with 
illustrative motions, to the adults on Friday morning. The youth shown are 
just a few of those who participated; the rest completely surrounded the 
adults in the audience 

Bottom Photo: An unexpected discovery during the Communion service at 
the Youth Convention was that the guys sang exceptionally well together, so 
well, in fact, that they sang for the adults on Friday morning 



September 1991 



An Incisive Look 
At The Brethren Church 



By David Cooksey 



I WOULD LIKE TO REPORT that 
the spirit of this Conference is ab- 
solutely wonderful and that the spirit of 
most of the church is also very wonder- 
ful. 

In giving this report, I feel a lot like a 
preacher who preaches to his congrega- 
tion about not attending church. You 
know the problem — the people listen- 
ing to the message aren't the ones who 
need to hear it. Nevertheless, let me tell 
you a little bit about this past year. 

Positive signs 

One of the things that I have noticed 
in the church this year as I have traveled 
to district conferences and to local 
churches is the positive spirit. Good 
things seem to be happening as we meet 
publicly together, such as here at Na- 
tional Conference. 

I was just remembering that I first 
came to conference when I was 13 years 
old; Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Shultz were 
our pastor and wife (in Washington, 
D.C.) at that time. It's been 33 years 
since then, and the only Conference I 
missed was the year one of my daugh- 
ters was bom during Conference week. 
(I wanted to come that year, but my 
wife didn't think it was a good idea!) 

In thinking back over those years, 
I've noticed that people don't stand up 
and yell and get angry any more as they 
used to do. We have a gentler spirit, and 
that is very good. 

Another positive sign is that we have 
districts that are being innovative, that 
are pioneering new programs. Several 
districts are talking about planting new 

Rev. Cooksey is Director of Pastoral 
Ministries in The Brethren Church. 

This article is an edited transcription 
of "The Spiritual State of the Churches 
Report" presented by Rev. Cooksey 
during the Friday morning business 
session of General Conference. 



churches and how they can do it. That's 
what we need to do, obviously, with 13 
new Brethren students entering Ashland 
Theological Seminary this fall, plus the 
other Brethren students who are already 
there. We need to find places for these 
people to serve, and we only have three 
or four years in which to do so. It is very 
important that we continue to plant 
churches, and that we plant well. 

A number of individual churches are 
growing. I've been to some exciting 
churches where the people have new 
ideas, where they are supportive of their 
pastor, and where there is an attitude of 
love and fellowship within the con- 
gregation. 

Some really exceptional financial 
gifts have also been given in the church 
this year. You read about one of these in 
the Evangelist — how an individual 
paid off a $200,000+ mortgage. That's 
fantastic! Unbelievable! And the person 
did it the right way — anonymously. 

I've also heard some very positive 
things this week. I listened to Eric 
Bargerhuff and Paul Sluss as they spoke 
Monday night (see p. 10 for a summary 
of Eric 's testimony and pp. 7-9 for Paul's 
speech). They have such a beautiful and 
ideal view of the call of God to minis- 
try, and they are longing to serve the 
Lord through The Brethren Church. 

I also loved what Fred Miller said 
about why he is in the ministry. And 
Clarence Stogsdill more or less said 
what I wanted to say about the position 
and the practice. And Dr. Munson 
likewise said what needs to be said. 

Some concerns for the church 

But in addition to these positive 
things, I also have some concerns for 
the church. Please hear my concerns, 
and if you think they are reasonable, be 
a messenger to share them with others, 
for as I said before, you are probably 
not the people who need to hear them. 



There was a movie several years ago 
called Bill and Ted's Excellent Adven- 
ture. In the movie, two groovy teen- 
agers with a time machine establish a 
society in the future. They build this 
society on the phrase, "Be excellent to 
one another." That sounds like some- 
thing from the Bible, doesn't it? 

This is where I think Brethren fall 
down. This is where the problems we 
experience in the church come from — 
because we have not been excellent to 
one another. 

Brethren have a tendency to talk 
about one another and not to one an- 
other. This is especially true in what we 
say about pastors. 

Keep in mind that I understand that 
all pastors do not always do their jobs 
perfectly. You really shouldn't expect 
that they will. If you have been expect- 
ing them to be perfect, you would be 
greatly relieved if you didn't have that 
expectation. You would also find it a lot 
easier for you to love and appreciate 
your pastor, if you did not expect him to 
be perfect. 

At the same time, we pastors need to 
apologize at times for our offenses. And 
that's something I want to do in this 
report. There may be some of you 
whom I have offended by something I 
have said or done during the four years 
I have been Director of Pastoral Minis- 
tries. If so, I'm sorry. I really didn't, 
mean to do so. My heart really is with 
the church and its future. 

I'm reminded of the slogan, "Only 
you can prevent forest fires." Someone 
has likened what I do to putting out 
forest fires. You need to know, how- 
ever, that my job also has a positive 
side. I get to go to churches to speak and 
to do some programs, and it's wonder- 
ful. 

Nevertheless, I counted up and to the 
best of my knowledge there are about 
34 churches in which there are power 

The Brethren Evangelist 



"Good things ARE happening in The Brethren Church, But we need 
to unite as never before, because the battle is raging, Satan is 
powerful in the world, and he is using anything he can to destroy the 
work of the church^ " 



structures of one or more people who 
are hindering growth by chasing people 
off, by being antagonist to the pastor, 
and by sabotaging programs. That's 
about one in every four congregations in 
The Brethren Church (which, on the 
positive side, means that three of every 
four churches don't have this problem). 
These people use lies, deception, gos- 
sip, slander, malice, false humility, and 
a false sense of what is best for the 
church. Unfortunately, these are often 
people who have been members for a 
long time and who have supported the 
church or given sizable amounts of 
money. As a result, others in the con- 
gregation are afraid or unwilling to say 
anything to them. So the church ceases 
to be the church. There is no confront- 
ing, or as our friend Bill Bontrager calls 
it, no "carefronting." And because of the 
silence of the majority, a few individ- 
uals in some cases have been able to get 
death-lock control of the church — that 
which God should control. 

Underlying wrong attitudes 

There are some underlying wrong at- 
titudes involved in this. One of these is 
that the pastor is the enemy. Sometimes 
certain people in the church think that 
they have to keep an eye on him. No 
one person in the church has the respon- 
sibility of keeping the pastor in line. The 
pastor is not answerable to an individ- 
ual. It's a group responsibility. 

Another wrong attitude concerns the 
business of the church. Many people say 
to the pastor. You take care of spiritual 
things and we'll take care of the busi- 
ness. My friends, the business of the 
church is spiritual. If the business of the 
church is not a spiritual matter, then the 
church is not a spiritual church. The 
spiritual and business matters of the 
church cannot be separated. 

Furthermore, the church is a not-for- 
profit organization. We don't need 
bundles stuffed away for a rainy day. 
God will provide. He provides the rain 
and the sun, and He will provide for the 
needs of the church. 

There is one other thing that I want to 
share with you, and that is this: Where 
in the world did Christians ever come 

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up with the idea of voting on a pastor? 
Do you have any idea how devastating 
it is for a person who has been called by 
God to be voted out by people of the 
devil? Now I realize that this is not al- 
ways the case; I'm exaggerating a bit. 
But there have been some really bad 
situations where pastors were voted out 
for the wrong reasons. 

Can you imagine how difficult it is 
for a pastor to go home after a con- 
gregational business meeting and tell his 
wife and children that they have to leave 
because he has been voted out? Think of 
the hurt! 

The Bible speaks to this. We need to 
talk to one another in the church. If 
there is a problem with the pastor, don't 
talk about him, talk to him. And if the 
situation is such that the pastor needs to 
leave, then the leadership of the church, 
the true leadership of the church, 
needs to sit down with him and say it's 
time to move on. 

But what happens instead? A few 
people in the church get angry at the 
pastor, so at the next congregational 
business meeting they come with a 
whole bunch of their relatives — Gran- 
ny who hasn't been there for 22 years 
and aunts and uncles and cousins — and 
they vote the pastor out. As you well 
know, no Brethren church has a busi- 
ness meeting that the whole congrega- 
tion attends. We can hardly get a 
quorum. So you can vote a pastor out 
with ten people in most of our churches, 
and we do it! And it's wrong! It's a sin! 
The voting out of a pastor, I believe, is 
sin. 

But the real problem in all this — the 
thing I think that bothers me most — is 
that the church people, the body as a 
whole, sits back when these things hap- 
pen and does nothing. They may tell me 
how upset they feel. They may tell me it 
was wrong. But no one within the body 
does what the Bible says you are to do 
— goes and tells them it is wrong. So 
the church stops being the church. 

We need to deal with issues and with 
people using the principles given to us 
by Jesus in Matthew 18. But we must 
also do it for the right reason. The Scrip- 
ture that speaks to this is Galatians 6:1. 



"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, 
you who are spiritual should restore him 
gently." Note that the purpose of this 
confrontation and "carefronting" is to 
restore. Not to destroy, but to restore. 

I can't do this for the church. That's 
one thing that I have really learned this 
year, and it's been a great relief to me. I 
can't do this for the church. If problems 
are going to be dealt with and solutions 
carried out, it must happen within the 
church. I have no authority to do it. I 
have no right to do it. It's the respon- 
sibility of the whole body. And if the 
body won't address the issue, then the 
church will die — and many of our 
churches are already dead. 

During this week of Conference we 
have sung beautiful choruses and 
hymns, and we do the same in our local 
churches. We say the words of these 
songs, but unfortunately sometimes we 
don't act upon them. I genuinely feel 
that the future is grim for those churches 
and the pastors that serve them in which 
the majority of members let a few 
people destroy the work of the Lord. It's 
not enough to stand around and feel bad 
about it and to make no attempt to con- 
front or restore. When the power in the 
church is in the hands of a few men and 
women instead of in the hands of the 
Lord, then we have sinned. 

Let us unite as never before 

Good things are happening in The 
Brethren Church. But we need to unite 
as never before, because the battle is 
raging. Satan is powerful in the world, 
and he is using anything he can to 
destroy the work of the church. 

So Brethren, let's be united as never 
before. I always think of the image of 
the bully who is picking on the little kid. 
Then all of a sudden the little kid's 
friends come and stand behind him with 
their arms folded in a menacing way. 
The bully looks around, then runs off. 

The bullies in the church will back 
down too, if we stand up to them. But 
let us not seek to destroy them either, 
for that's equally sinful. Rather, let us 
seek to restore in love and to teach and 
to build up so that we can be whole, as 
we ought to be. [fl 



"Show the Faith" 

The 1991 General Conference Moderator's Address 

By Rev. James Sluss 



EVEN AS WE ARE GATHERED in 
this opening Conference session, 
the U.S. space engineers are confronting 
the major difficulties connected with the 
malfunction of the Hubble Space Tele- 
scope. The major problem at this point 
is the failure of a lens to focus properly. 
As a result, every possible means is be- 
ing used to recapture the focus. 

In comparison, the church seeks to 
renew its focus. In recent Conferences 
we have focused on our past in order to 
grasp from our heritage some perspec- 
tives for the church today. It has been 
good to consider our beginnings under 
Alexander Mack, Henry Holsinger, and 
others. 

Over the past several years we have 
focused on our present state. As we 
have done so, we have seen fit to 
restructure our denominational minis- 
tries as a matter of better stewardship 
and to achieve greater effectiveness. 
Likewise we have focused in on our 
priorities for ministry. 

Of all the priorities, we consider three 
as prime foci. They are the priorities of 
spiritual formation, evangelism, and 
church planting. These priorities are 
profound in God's plan for His people. 
These are our roots, and they should be 
our passion. Still we so easily loose our 
focus and continually struggle as in- 
dividuals and the corporate body to 
focus properly. 

We have taken important steps to fix 
the focus as we have taken to heart the 
challenge of allowing the Spirit to form 
the presence of Christ within our lives. 
Under the leadership of the Ashland 
Theological Seminary faculty, study 
tools are being produced for use in our 
churches. Likewise congregations have 
been afforded the opportunity to under- 
go strategic planning. All these oppor- 
tunities are being provided so that we 
may focus prop)erly. 

For proper perspective it is always 
important to focus upon the past and the 
present. TTiis always leads to our focus 
on the outward and on what the future 

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can be. An emphasis on God's inreach 
into our lives moves us to His outreach 
through our lives. Therefore the theme, 
"SHOW THE FAITH." 

Two growing ministries 

As a church, we have been blessed of 
God with two growing ministries which 
are unsurpassed for a denomination of 
our size. Both offer great opportunities 
to face the challenge of reaching out 
with the gospel. We are related to a 
seminary which is one of the largest in 
the USA and which provides evangeli- 
cal training for not only our own people, 
but for workers from many different 
backgrounds. 

The mission outreach of our denom- 
ination has extended into eight countries 
represented by 250 pastors and 230 con- 
gregations and preaching points. As a 
result, the membership of the interna- 
tional church may very well exceed the 
membership of the church in the USA. 

The Brethren Church USA seems to 
have its ups and downs. We continue to 
hover around 125 churches, with our 
overall membership slipping to just over 
13,000 persons. Yet 50% of our churches 
have shown an increase in their Church 



It so hap- 
pened this year 
that the General 
Conference Mod- 
erator and the 
Brethren Youth 
Spokesperson 
were father and 
son. Both Moder- 
ator James Sluss 
(r.) and Youth 
Spokesperson 
Paul Sluss ad- 
dressed a com- 
bined youth and 
adult audience 
on Monday eve- 
ning of Confer- 
ence. Both mes- 
sages are being 
printed together 
on these pages. 



Growth Index, with 54% showing an in- 
crease in morning worship attendance 
and 44% increasing in Sunday school 
attendance. We continue to add more 
than 1,000 persons a year to our mem- 
bership, while reversion takes its toll at 
an even greater rate. Some of our chur- 
ches have become museums, some bat- 
tlefields; some are dying, while others 
seem to be dead. Nevertheless, a higher 
percent of our churches are on the grow. 

As we look to the final decade of the 
20th century, we need to continue look- 
ing inward and outward, growing where 
we are as well as in new locations. Five 
of our church districts are located in top 
population growth areas. Some districts, 
however, have not planted a church in 
50 years, while the pace in church plant- 
ing in other districts is no more than one 
church per every ten years. The good 
news is that a number of our districts are 
stirring to begin planting again. 

We are often guilty of looking at our 
bread and fish and declaring our situa- 
tion as being impossible. Perhaps our 
focus has been too much on what we 
have in our hand in the form of money 
and facilities, when our focus should be 
on the people for whom our Lord died 




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and upon their need and what we have 
that can meet that need. Should we not 
desire to become more creative in the 
manner in which we plant churches? 

I have had the opportunity to hear and 
see in print the goals of sister evangeli- 
cal denominations and their focus for 
this last decade of the 90's. One group 
desires to double its number of churches 
from 1,000 to 2,000 by the year 2000. 

Our sister denomination, the Church 
of the Brethren, is experiencing a 
refocus on outreach, and desires to 
begin 110 new churches by the end of 
the century. That would be a 10% in- 
crease. Could we increase by 10%? 

Looking to the year 2000 

I have always been fascinated by the 
2,000-year sequences in history which 
seem to lend themselves to some special 
manifestation of God's moving. Could it 
be that in the final decade of this cen- 
tury and in the beginning of the new 
century there will be a special outpour- 
ing from the Lord? 

Dr. Ralph Winter in a recent editorial 
in Mission Frontiers (Jan- Mar 1991, p. 4) 
pointed out that as we move to the year 
2000, the number of committed be- 
lievers in Jesus Christ is growing signif- 
icantly in relation to the non-Christian 
world. He states that Christianity is 
growing faster than any other global 
religion. Brethren are and can be a con- 
tinuing part of this movement of the Lord. 

Some of the most meaningful mo- 



ments which I have experienced as 
moderator have been those which I did 
not anticipate. Recently, for example, 
Pastor Bill Brady asked if I could be 
present to participate in a ground break- 
ing for an addition to the Corinth Breth- 
ren Church. It was interesting that this 
ground breaking took place exactly 101 
years from the date on which the church 
property was ceded to the Corinth con- 
gregation. The Corinth congregation is a 
small church away from everywhere, 
and yet it is able at this point in time to 
be on the grow as it reaches out to its 
community. 

Many of our churches will celebrate or 
have celebrated their 100th anniversary 
and still are effective in ministry. But 
we also have a mandate to plant anew. 

Recently I heard Crusader Stacy 
Oligee share the following "Parable of 
Fishless Fishermen," which was adapted 
from an article by John Drescher. 

Now it came to pass that a group ex- 
isted who called themselves fishermen. 
And lo, there were many fish in the waters 
all around. In fact, the whole area was 
surrounded by streams and lakes filled 
with fish. And the fish were hungry. 

Year after year these who called 
themselves fishermen met in meetings 
and talked about their call to fish, the 
abundance of fish, and how they might 
go about fishing. Tliey sponsored costly 
nationwide and worldwide congresses to 
discuss fishing and to promote fishing 
and hear about all the ways of fishing. 

These fishermen built large, beautiful 



buildings called "Fishing Headquarters." 
The plea was that everyone should be a 
fisherman and that every fisherman 
should fish. One thing they didn't do, 
however; they didn't fish. 

They organized a board to send out 
fishermen to other places where there 
were many fish. The board was formed 
by those who had the great vision and 
courage to speak about fishing, to defme 
fishing, and to promote the idea of fish- 
ing in faraway streams and lakes where 
many other fish of different colors lived. 

Also the board hired staffs and ap- 
pointed committees and held many 
meetings to define fishing, to defend 
fishing, and to decide what new streams 
should be thought about. But the staff 
and committee members did not fish. 

Expensive training centers were built 
to teach fishermen how to fish. Those 
who taught had doctorates in fishology, 
but the teachers did not fish. They only 
taught fishing. Year after year, graduates 
were sent to do full-time fishing, some 
to distant waters filled with fish. 

Further, the fishermen built large 
printing houses to publish fishing 
guides. A speakers' bureau was also 
provided to schedule special speakers on 
the subject of fishing. 

Many who felt the call to be fisher- 
men responded and were sent to fish. 
But like the fishermen back home, they 
never fished. 

Some also said they wanted to be part 
of the fishing party, but they felt called 
to furnish fishing equipment. Others felt 
their job was to relate to the fish in a 
good way so the fish would know the 



State of the Youth Address 

By Paul Sluss 
Brethren Youth Spokesperson 

Paul Sluss is a member of the Roanoke, Ind., First 
Brethren Church and a junior at Ashland University. This 
past summer he served as a Crusader Intern at the West 
Alexandria, Ohio, First Brethren Church. This is an edited 
transcription of a message he presented to a combined adult 
and youth audience on Monday evening of Conference. 

It is a privilege to be able to speak on behalf of the Brethren 
Youth. In the short time to follow, I'd like to share with you 
what I would call the State of the Youth Address. 

In it I'd like to reflect on the past year and on where we are 
at the present time. But most of all I'd like to look to the future 
and what lies ahead. I want to look at what our vision should 
be and can be with the power of Jesus Christ. 

I'm not much of an art student. I enjoy going to galleries, 
but I really don't understand the whole concept of art. I enjoy 
it, but when I'm in the gallery I tend to feel sort of ignorant. 

But I understand that art tends to reflect the artist — the 
different ways that the artist may feel. A painting may portray 
the feelings that the artist had when he painted it. A sculpture 



may reflect the mood and imagination the sculptor had when 
he or she did the sculpture. In short, I guess that the creation 
tends to imitate the creator. 

As I stated above, my objective in this short address is really 
to relay how the youth in The Brethren Church are doing — 
how they are getting along. The answer is simple; the answer 
is a question: How are you getting along? Pastors and lay 
people, how are your local congregations? Your districts? 
How well are your churches participating in activities? Breth- 
ren Church, how are you as a denomination getting along? 

Science indicates that children of alcoholics tend to become 
alcoholics. I'd like to suggest that we as youth imitate the 
generation that went before us. So in order to get a good 
perspective on who we are and who we will become, I ask you 
to examine yourselves. How are you? Your answer provides a 
good indication of how the future will be. 

In recent years The Brethren Church has undergone some 
reorganization. It has redone some of its goals, changed some 
of its administrative procedures. It has regrouped some of its 
committees in order to revitalize the ministry of the church. 

Well, the youth have felt it necessary to follow suit. In the 
past year we have made a number of critical changes in the 
way we operate. Last year at our Youth Convention we set 
aside our constitution in order to restructure ourselves. Since 
that time we've elected a six-member steering {next page) 



September 1991 



difference between good and bad fisher- 
men. 

After one stirring meeting on "The 
Necessity for Fishing," a young fellow 
left the meeting and went fishing. The 
next day he reported that he had caught 
two outstanding fish. He was honored 
for his excellent catch and scheduled to 
visit all the big meetings possible to tell 
how he did it. 

So he quit his fishing in order to have 
time to tell about the experience to the 
other fishermen. He was also placed on 
the Fishermen's General Board as a per- 
son having considerable experience. 

Now it's true that many of the fisher- 
men sacrificed and put up with all kinds 
of difficulties. Some lived near the water 
and bore the smell of dead fish every 
day. They received the ridicule of some 
who made fun of their fishermen's clubs 
and the fact that they claimed to be 
fishermen yet never fished. 

They wondered about those who felt 
it was of little use to attend the weekly 
meetings to talk about fishing. After all, 
were they not following the Master who 
said, "Follow me, and I will make you 
fishers of men"? 

Imagine how hurt some were when 
one day a person suggested that those 
who didn't catch fish were really not 
fishermen, no matter how much they 
claimed to be. Yet it did sound correct. 
Is a person a fisherman if year after year 
he never catches a fish? 

The truth of the parable about Fishless 
Fishermen demonstrates a faith that fails 
to show. Talking about evangelism and 
creating commissions, boards, semi- 



naries, and facilities to deal with evan- 
gelism and church planting are valid if 
they do not become ends in themselves. 
God has blessed us with a seminary, a 
Missionary Board, denominational ad- 
ministrators, and churches with growth 
fKDtential. These have been given to us 
to accomplish the priority of reaching 
people for Christ. Let us utilize the 
potential of these gifts of God to reach 
out to the people of the world. 

Recommendations 

In light of the manner in which God 
has blessed us, I make the following 
recommendations: 

(1) God has blessed The Brethren 
Church in many evident ways. Among 
those blessings has been the develop- 
ment of Ashland Theological Seminary 
and the Missionary Board of The 
Brethren Church. The seminary and 
missionary programs are unequaled for 
a denomination of our size. God has 
placed these ministries before us which 
are being used to facilitate the outreach 
of The Brethren Church. 

In an effort to impact our denomina- 
tion in a greater and more unified man- 
ner, I recommend that, under the 
direction of the GCEC, the executive 
leaders and board chairmen of the 
GCEC, Missionary Board, and the semi- 
nary, along with the Evangelism and 
Church Growth Commission, meet 
together to consider in a creative/vision- 
ary manner how together they may lend 



themselves and their ministries to a 
greater outreach through church plant- 
ing. Preferably, this meeting can take 
place in a retreat setting. 

(2) Each of our congregations has 
need for an ongoing program of evan- 
gelism. I recommend that the Evan- 
gelism and Church Growth Commission 
develop or adapt such a program for 
utilization in our local congregations. 

(3) I recommend that local congrega- 
tions and districts give consideration to 
the potential for the planting of new 
churches in their local areas, districts, 
and beyond district boundaries. That in 
doing so, congregations and districts ex- 
plore and develop their church planting 
strategies using the national Missionary 
Board as a chatmel for direction. 

(4) I recommend that the Brethren 
seek to develop a greater attitude of de- 
pendence upon the Lord and inter- 
dependence upon one another, as well 
as a greater desire for outreach in the 
demonstration of the faith to others. 

In the May issue of the Church of the 
Brethren magazine, Messenger, an ar- 
ticle by Merle Crouse entitled "Redis- 
covering Church Extension" had this 
undercaption: "A denomination that 
came out of the 1960s with a secular 
mindset and much discomfort with 
spiritual talk and evangelism is now 
doing a turnaround." 

In the article itself, Mr. Crouse 
reflects, "There are times when we 
wonder if the old gray mare church 



committee to replace the five elected officers. That's been a 
big reform. This steering committee is not a group of people 
who can just make all kinds of changes. It is overseen by the 
CEC — the Christian Education Commission. 

Another major change that has taken place, which was made 
as the first act of the steering committee, is the name of our 
organization. We have changed our name from Brethren Youth 
Crusaders (BYC) to Brethren Youth In Christ (BYIC). "Why?" 
you ask. Well, names tend to identify, and we felt it important 
and necessary to be identified with Whom we want to be 
identified, and that is Jesus Christ. Tlierefore we altered our 
name slightly to Brethren Youth In Christ so that when people 
say our name, they know exactly what we are all about. Folks, 
we are Brethren Youth in Christ. We have also made many 
other small changes that I'll not take the time to mention. 

That covers the past, what we've accomplished in the past 
year. That brings us to the present, where we are right now. In 
this connection, I'd like you to look with me at a passage in 
Phiiippians 3:13-14. It's an oft-quoted passage, and one with 
which I'm sure you are familiar. It reads: 

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this 
one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and 
reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press 
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in 
Christ Jesus. 



In verse 13, just after the first clause, Paul says, "but this 
one thing I do ... ." Paul had a single mind. He was of a 
single purpose. I like to think of him as almost obnoxious in 
his perseverance. He wouldn't lay it down. 

Paul goes on to share what that "one thing" was. He con- 
tinues, "forgetting those things which are behind . . . ." Now 
by forgetting, Paul didn't mean that he erased it totally from 
his mind, because that's impossible. What he meant was that 
he didn't let the past affect the present. We are to put the past 
behind us — learn from it but not let it affect us now. 

Paul continues: "reaching forth unto those things which are 
before . ..." I notice something here. Paul skips from the past 
to the future. He doesn't mention the present, and that's what 
I'm on. I'm on the present and Paul leaves me nothing here to 
talk about. Paul didn't talk about the present because he knew 
that if his eyes were on Jesus Christ and if he was looking to 
those things which are before, God would take care of the 
present. 

And we all know the struggles that Paul went through. If he 
had concentrated on what he was going through, would he 
have taken his eyes off the Lord? Would he have stopped 
running the race? So that is my challenge to Brethren Youth. 
Don't look at your present. Look to Jesus Christ. Look to tlie 
future. Look to Jesus Christ. He is your present, and He will be 
your future as well. {continued on next page) 



The Brethren Evangelist 



might not become a frisky 
young filly again." 

Is it not true that it is time 
for The Brethren Church to 
rediscover afresh the ex- 
perience of evangelism and 
church planting? Is it possible 
that we could become a frisky 
young filly again? 

May we each be available, 
sensitive, and accountable to 
the priorities of spiritual 
formation, evangelism, and 
church planting. May we 
develop a greater dependence 
upon our Lord and inter- 
dependence upon one 
another. 

To focus properly we need 
to look back, look in, and 
look out. However, may we 
look up as we turn our eyes 
upon Jesus. May we look to 
Him, of whom it was written: 

What was from the 
beginning, what we have 
heard, what we have seen 
with our eyes, what we be- 
held and our hands han- 
dled, concerning the Word 
of Life— and the life was 
manifested, and we have 
seen and bear witness and 
proclaim to you the eternal 
life, which was with the 
Father and was manifested 
to us . . . I John 1:1-2, nasb 



General Conference Action on the Moderator's Recommendations 



Recommendation (1): Conference Delegates 
approved the General Conference Executive 
Council's proposed action as follows: We com- 
mend the Moderator's vision and call for action 
in church planting. We recommend that the 
General Conference Executive Council (GCEC) 
direct the Director of Brethren Church Ministries 
to work with the named individuals and or- 
ganizations to schedule such a brainstorming 
and planning meeting during the fall of 1991 if 
possible (or early in 1992), 

Recommendation (2): Conference approved 
GCEC 's proposed action as follows: We com- 
mend the Evangelism and Church Growth Com- 
mission on its work in discovering Passing On 
the Promise as a 36-month process for local 
churches and Brethren people to incorporate 
evangelism as a way of life. We instruct the 
commission, by the 1992 General Conference, to 
present a concrete plan for implementation of 
Passing On the Promise in Brethren churches. 

Recommendation (3): Conference approved 
GCEC 's proposed action as follows: According 
to Brethren polity, "formation of a class [the in- 
itial stage in forming a new Brethren church] 
may be initiated by an individual, a group of 
individuals, a church seeking to start a work in 
a new community, a district mission board or 
conference, or the Missionary Board of The 
Brethren Church" (Manual of Procedure, Chap- 
ter One, Section I, Article 2). If The Brethren 
Church is to reach those people to whom God is 
calling us to minister, we must develop a variety 
of strategies to reach them. 

While neither the Missionary Board nor 
anyone else, for that matter, has all the answers 
to successful church planting, its staff has ex- 
perience in church planting and access to a 



variety of resources relating to various strat- 
egies. The board has also developed guidelines 
for Brethren classes and mission congregations 
to assist in proper planning and organization of 
new Brethren churches. We encourage in- 
dividuals, local churches, and districts to catch a 
vision for the lost — whoever and wherever they 
may be — and particular'y for those who are 
within our reach for ministry. 

More specifically, we ask local Brethren 
churches, in consultation with their district mis- 
sion board and the national Missionary Board, to 
explore the possibility of initiating a new 
Brethren class/church in 1992 or 1993. And we 
ask each district to work closely with the Mis- 
sionary Board to reach out in new, bold, and 
creative ways to gather God's lost sheep into his 
fold. 

Recommendation (4): Conference approved 
GCEC's proposed action as follows: This 
recommendation calls for a personal response 
by each of us as believers. We recommend a 
renewed understanding and commitment to spir- 
itual disciplines. Specifically, we recommend: 
—• A commitment to at least 15 minutes of per- 
sonal daily prayer, including prayer for specific 
persons who do not know Jesus Clirist as saving 
Lord. 

— A commitment to other believers tlirough a 
small group Bible study/share group and/or 
through mutual accountability to one or two 
other persons on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. 

— A commitment to live a Christ-like life based 
on daily study and obedience to his Word. 

— A commitment to read In His Steps by Charles 
Sheldon (available in adult and children's edi- 
tions) and to develop a lifestyle whereby we ask 
in all situations, "What would Jesus do?" 



I had the opportunity to serve as a Summer Crusader for two 
years and then this summer as a Crusader Intern. One of my 
responsibilities was to work with recreation with the young 
children in Bible school. 

One of the favorite games of these small people is "Follow 
the Leader." It's really a very simple game. I lead and they 
follow? They do exactly what I do? It's really not much of a 
game. But I thought about the children. You know, it's hard 
for them to do exactly what I do. They try their hardest, but 
sometimes they can't accomplish the exact thing that I do. 
Nevertheless, they learn from me. 

My point is simply this: You adults need to lead on. Folks, 
I challenge you. You are the future. We often hear that the 
youth are the future. But I say that you adults are our future. 
If you don't press on toward the mark that is set before you, 
we have no one to follow. If there are no Christians in this 
denomination who will press on — who will set their eyes 
upon the mark and, like Paul, let nothing deter them, forget- 
ting what is behind, not letting it affect their present, and 
having their eyes locked upon their goal — then we youth 
have no future. 

How are the youth tonight? You can answer my question. 
How are youl 

As I left West Alexandria this summer, it was tough for me 



to leave. I really enjoyed the people, and I established a good 
relationship with them. As I departed, I left them with two 
words. I said, "If you remember Paul Sluss at all; if you 
remember the intern who was here back in the year of 1991; 
if you remember anything folks as Christians until the day that 
you pass away, remember these two words, "Press on! " 

Press on! Press on as a denomination! Press on as a pastor! 
Press on as a church! Press on as a lay person! Press on as a 
woman in W.M.S.! Folks, press on so that I have a future. 
Press on so that my children will have a future. Press on! You 
are the future of Brethren youth, and how you serve today has 
great bearing on how we will serve tomorrow. Press on! 

I thought about this as I reflected on the life of Rev. St. 
Clair Benshofff and all the things he accomplished in his 
lifetime. Just think of the way that he has touched lives! If he 
hadn't pressed on, would you be here tonight? If he hadn't 
pressed on and kept his eyes on the goal that was set before 
him — Jesus Christ — how many of us would not have been 
touched? 

So I challenge you, or as a child would say, I triple dog dare 
you. Press on! — for service today breeds service tomorrow. 

Show us your faith. Show us your vision that you have for 
The Brethren Church. We will grasp it; and we will carry on. 
Simply put: Lead us, and we will follow. [t] 



September 1991 



General Conference Report 



Sharing the Blessings of Conference 

A Report of the 

103rd General Conference 

of The Brethren Church 

Held August 5-9, 1991, at Ashland University 



General Conference is an important event in the yearly 
life of The Brethren Church. Much time, effort, and care 
go into the planning of this annual event. 

Unfortunately, the benefits of Conference are directly 
received by only a small percentage of the total member- 
ship of The Brethren Church (five percent or less). This is 
necessarily the case, for where would we put all 13,060 
people if everyone attended! (although more could be ac- 
commodated than presently come). 

Even so, some of what takes place at Conference 
needs to be shared with all the Brethren. And that is what 
this issue of the Evangelist attempts to do. We recognize 
that reading about Conference is a poor substitute for being 
there. Nevertheless, we try to pass along as much as pos- 
sible of the information, inspiration, and challenge of this 
special week. 

Some of what happened at this year's Conference ap- 



peared in the preceding several pages of this issue. The 
article on pages 4-5 is the Spiritual State of the Churches 
report presented by the Director of Pastoral Ministries, 
Rev. David Cooksey, during the Friday business session. 
And on pages 6-9 appear the Moderator's Address and the 
Brethren Youth Spokesperson's State of the Youth Ad- 
dress. Now on this and the following pages, you will find 
summaries of other events that took place during the week. 

We hope that you find this information about Con- 
ference informative and beneficial. And if this report whets 
your interest for more of Conference, you're in luck, for all 
the worship services and speakers' messages were taped 
and cassettes are available for purchase (see the order 
blank on page 20). In fact, even the business sessions were 
taped, and cassettes of these can be made available as well. 

So take time to read this General Conference Report, 
that you, too, may share in the blessings of Conference. 



Monday Evening Worship Celebration 



Conference got off to a dynamic 
start on Monday evening with a Wor- 
ship Celebration. The service began 
with worship in praise through the 
singing of hymns, choruses, and 
spiritual songs — led by the Worship 
Team of the Park Street Brethren 
Church (song leader Doug Cooper and 
instrumentalists Linda and Neil Ebert, 
Jeff Gilmer, Jim Amstutz, and Steve 
Berry). Following a time of prayer led 
by "the Moderator Track" (past 
moderator Mary Ellen Drushal, 
moderator James Sluss, and moderator- 
elect Marlin McCann), Summer Cru- 
saders Karen Robins and Eric Barger- 
huff gave testimony of how the Lord 
has been working in their lives. Then 
all the 1991 Crusaders sang the beau- 
tiful praise chorus, "Majesty." 

In her testimony, Karen, a member 
of the Tucson, Ariz., First Brethren 
Church and a third-year Crusader and 
captain of the team "Predestined" this 
summer, said that she has committed 
her life to full-time service and is ask- 
ing the Lord where He wants her to go. 



While she is at the point where she can 
say, "Lord, I will go anywhere," she is 
still trying to get rid of the "but" that 
follows that statement. Though she 
realizes what a privilege it is to be 
called by the Creator to work for Him, 
she still has doubts about her own 
ability. Nevertheless, she finds com- 
fort in the words of a friend, who 
reminded her that "God does not call 
the prepared. He prepares the called." 
She challenged Conference attenders 




Karen Robins and Eric Bargerhuff 
on the Conference platform prior to 
giving their testimonies. 



to realize that the Lord can use all of 
us regardless of age. "Find out where 
the Lord can use you," she concluded. 

Eric Bargerhuff, an Ashland Univer- 
sity junior from the Mexico, Ind., First 
Brethren Church and a fourth-year 
Crusader and captain of the team 
"Seekers of His Heart," testified of his 
eagerness to serve the Lord. "God has 
placed such a burden on my heart for 
the lost," he said, adding, "I believe 
we as a church need to feel that burden 
as well." 

In seeking to know God's will for 
his life, he has discovered that 99% of 
God's will is found in the Bible. The 
rest is revealed through prayer, cir- 
cumstances, and the counsel of Chris- 
tian friends. He believes that seeking 
God in prayer is also the key to receiv- 
ing the power to share our faith. He 
also shared a recent personal answer to 
prayer. He had been much in prayer 
for funds to continue school at Ash- 
land University. Then on Friday before 
Conference, he learned that someone 
had put $2,000 into his account. 

Eric concluded with a challenge to 
all to take up their cross and follow 
Jesus — to go out and share their faith. 



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We need to plant churches, to share 
our faith. But we can't just teach it and 
preach it; we must also live it; we must 
"Show the Faith," he said. 

During the remaining portion of the 
Worship Celebration, Paul Sluss, the 
1991 Brethren Youth in Christ 
Spokesperson, and his father. Rev. 
James Sluss, the General Conference 
Moderator, presented words of chal- 
lenge to the combined youth and adult 
congregation. Paul Sluss 's State of the 
Youth Address and Rev. Sluss's Mod- 
erator's Address are on pages 6-9. 





The 1991 Summer Crusaders and Interns singing "Majesty." 

At the conclusion of the wor- 
ship service, youth and adults 
went to the parking area, where 
the youth loaded and boarded 
buses that would take them to 
the Youth Convention, which 
for the first time was held at a 
separate facility from the adult 
Conference (Nazarene College 
in Mt. Vernon, Ohio). Following 
prayer, the adults gave the youth 
a rousing send off. 

At left, adults engage in con- 
versation as they wait for the 
young people to finish loading 
the buses that will take them to 
the Youth Convention. 



Tuesday Morning Worship Hour 



Rev. Fred Miller, pastor of the Mt. 
Olive Brethren Church, was the wor- 
ship leader and Rev. Fred Brandon, 
pastor of the North Georgetown Breth- 
ren Church, was the song leader for 
the Tuesday morning worship hour of 
Conference. Susie Stout of Peru, Ind., 
First Brethren, was the accompanist 
for the service, and the Wings of 
Praise trio (Penny Baker, Sandie Jam- 
ison, Tammy Smith) from the St. James, 
Md., Brethren Church brought several 
delightful selections of special music. 

The speaker for the hour was Rev. 
Clarence Stogsdill, longtime pastor of 
the Tucson, Ariz, First Brethren 
Church, who spoke on "Christianity in 
Position and Practice." Rev. Stogsdill 
began the development of his message 
by posing two questions: (1) "What do 
you believe?" and (2) "What are you 
doing about it?" 

Taking James 2:17-18 as his text, he 
said that what verse 17 says in the 
Greek is that faith, if it has not works, 
is "^'unemployed." This means that if 



you don't have works to back up your 
faith, your faith is unemployed, it's a 
''couch potato." He went on to charge 
that many church members have a 
"couch potato" form of Christianity. 

Rev. Stogsdill claimed that the prob- 
lem with many Christians is that they 
are always getting ready to do some- 
thing and never doing it. Applying this 
to our denomination, he said, "I love 




Rev. Clarence Stogsdill 



The Brethren Church. I think we've 
got the greatest doctrine in the world. 
And we've got the finest fellowship. 
. . . But there's one thing that has al- 
ways bothered me. We are always get- 
ting ready to do something — we 
prepare, we study, we get all set. And 
then what happens to the program? 
Well, we go and get another one and 
we get ready, and we let it fizzle out 
.... [Then] we go and get another one 
and get ready . . . ." 

Christians have a position in Jesus; 
we have sat down in heavenly places. 
But a lot of people aren't acting like it. 
Maybe it's because we really don't 
believe it. "I insist that people behave 
the way they believe," he said. Re- 
minding us of our motto, "The Bible, 
the whole Bible and nothing but the 
Bible," he challenged Brethren to be- 
lieve it and to act accordingly. 

Comparing The Brethren Church to 
a football team whose star ball carrier 
didn't want to carry the ball, he said, 
"I think we've got a lot of good ball 
players that just don't want the ball. . . . 
That's our biggest problem. We know 
how; we just don't like the combat." 



September 1991 



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General Conference Report 



A Call for Excellence 

From Inspirational Speaker Dr. George Sweeting 



Dr. George Sweeting — former 
senior pastor of Moody Memorial 
Church and sixth president of Moody 
Bible Institute; author of more than 
20 books, artist, world traveler, 
speaker to over 125,000 people an- 
nually, long-time broadcaster; now 
chancellor of Moody Bible Institute 
— came to General Conference and 
sounded a call for EXCELLENCE. 
This is to be an excellence that comes 
from God (Ps. 8), because God is the 
"source" and "standard" of excel- 
lence. Just as we would not be satis- 
fied with sup-par medical equipment, 
physicians, or teachers, we dare not 
offer God mediocre work or inferior 
quality of faith and life. 

Dr. Sweeting illustrated his three 
messages about "The Secrets of Excel- 
lence" with many well-told stories and 
quotes gathered throughout the 51 
years since he received his call to the 
ministry. Using frequent rep)etition, his 
concise outlines were easily followed 
and noted. 

God calls us to "so shine," "so run," 
and "so speak" that we glorify Him. 
We are to offer God not our medio- 
crity, but our best (like the Old Testa- 
ment lamb without blemish). 

How do we do that? How do we 
excel? Dr. Sweeting's addresses high- 
lighted three familiar areas of the 
Christian life: faith, love, and single- 
mindedness. 

Faith: the Power 
to Move Mountains 

Dr. Sweeting called us to (1) Com- 
mence with Faith. "It's impossible to 
please God without faith," so we must 
begin there as the first step. 

Having begun with faith, we must 
also (2) Continue by Faith (live by 
faith). By faith the Israelites left Egypt, 
crossed the Red Sea, and marched 
through the wilderness. But at Kadesh- 
Barnea their faith faltered. They 

Rev. Lersch is pastor of the St. Peters- 
burg, Fla., Brethren Church and a member 
of the Brethren House Ministries team. 




Dr. George Sweeting 

rejected the words of Caleb and Joshua 
and let unbelief overtake them. As a 
result of their unbelief, the Israelites 
had a long funeral march in the wilder- 
ness. "Unbelief magnifies your 
problems; unbelief minimizes your 
solutions." Therefore, let us follow 
Philippians 4:13 and one of the prin- 
ciples of the Wycliffe Translators and 
"Trust God for the impossible." 

Having lived by faith, we must also 
(3) Conclude by Faith. Even as Caleb 
was as strong at age 85 as he was 
when Moses sent him and Joshua to 
survey the Promised Land (Joshua 
14:10ff.), so we should not anticipate 
retiring from the Lord's work. We 
need to be faithful to the end, especial- 
ly in calling and sending Christian 
workers. 

Love: the 
Mender of Souls 

Love is one of the marks of divine 
excellence. Paul, John, Peter, and 
Jesus all agree that love is the greatest 
of God's gifts to us. In comparison to 
the world's philosophy of self-interest 
and taking care of oneself, God's love 
seems impractical, for it calls upon us 
to love God and to take care of others 
first. 

(1) Words are powerful, but more 
important is loving action (I Cor. 13). 
Our words need to encourage and 



Reported by Rev. Phil Lersch 

uplift, expressing love to family and 
friends. We need to confess our 
wrongs and say, "I'm sorry, I'm 
wrong." 

Dr. Sweeting shared that as a 
young man he intentionally pursued 
the goal of being a channel of God's 
love — not just in words, but also by 
his conduct. Words need to be lubri- 
cated with the love of God so that 
there is resulting action. 

(2) God's love is greater than other 
Gifts. Without love the gifts of 
prophecy, understanding mysteries, 
knowledge, and faith are nothing 
(I Cor. 13:2). The speaker illustrated 
in particular that even superior 
knowledge, as valuable as it may be, is 
empty without a loving heart that cares 
and loves and demonstrates compas- 
sion to others. Similarly, love is 
greater than faith (v. 13), since faith 
will become sight, but love never dies. 
Furthermore (3) generous Giving, 
even of our own bodies, is not enough 
alone (I Cor. 13:3). "You can give 
without love, but you can't love 
without giving." Dr. Sweeting con- 
trasted the life of Aristotle Onassis 
with those of two Moody graduates. 
Onassis was a greedy shipbuilder 
whose "ladder of life was on the wall 
of self-interest." He died a miserable, 
rich old man. John and Elaine Beek- 
man, on the other hand, despite John's 
weak heart, went to a remote part of 
Guatemala to translate the Scriptures, 
teach, and evangelize the Indians 
there. They lived sacrificially for many 
years. Nevertheless, shortly before his 
death, John could say to Elaine, 
"We've lived a fabulous life, being 
channels of God's love." Dr. Sweeting 
concluded: "More to be feared than 
death is a wasted life." 

Single-Mindedness 
For a Lifetime 

Dr. Sweeting warned against letting 
our lives be like the jackknife he 
owned as a youth. Designed to do too 
many things, it did none of them well. 
Rather, we should "stick to our knit- 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



ting" and do what we can do in an 
excellent way. 

At age 15, after hearing a sermon 
about "Being Doers of the Word" from 
the first chapter of James, Dr. Sweet- 
ing went home and wrote four goals 
for his life: bring glory to God, cul- 
tivate the inner life, disciple as many 
others as possible, and win as many to 
Christ as humanly possible. These 
goals have guided his ministry. 

(1) Single -Mindedness in the Bible. 
Several passages were cited: "One 




Challenged by Dr. Sweeting 's messages, 
many Conference attenders were eager to 
buy his books, which he graciously auto- 
graphed. 

Worship Facilitators 

Many people helped faciltate wor- 
ship in the three services in which Dr. 
George Sweeting presented messages. 

Ashland Theological Seminary was 
in charge of the Tuesday evening wor- 
ship service. Seminary Vice-President 
Fred Finks led the service, and several 
worshipful and inspirational musical 
selections were presented by the semi- 
nary choir and a men's ensemble of 
seminary students, faculty, and alumni, 
both groups under the direction of Dr. 
Ronald Sprunger, ATS associate 
professor of music. 

Pastor Charles Beekley of the new 
Mountain View Brethren Church in 
Frederick, Md., conducted the Wed- 
nesday morning worship service. Rev. 
Mark Baker of Goshen, Ind., led sing- 
ing, and Mrs. Doris Shultz of Ashland 
served as accompanist. Mrs. Kay Kline 



thing will I seek after . . ." (Ps. 27:4). 
David was a shepherd, musician, war- 
rior, psalmist, and king. But more than 
anything else, he wanted to practice 
the presence of God. "Lay up treasures 
in heaven" (Matt. 6:19, 20). "If your 
eye be single . . ." (Matt. 6:22). "No 
man can serve two masters . . ." (Matt. 
6:24). "Seek first the kingdom ..." 
(Matt. 6:33). "A double-minded per- 
son is unstable . . ." (James 1:8). "This 
one thing I do. . ." (Phil. 3:13). 

All of these passages direct us to 
"focalize" our thinking, allegiance, 
and total life on God's purposes for us 
— just as Gary Player focuses on golf 
and Michelangelo focused on painting. 

(2) Single- MituJedness in Jesus ' Life. 
"The Son of Man came to seek and 
save the lost" (Luke 19:10). In the 
Temple as a young boy, Jesus focused 
on "his father's business" (Luke 2). As 
He neared the end of His life, "He 
steadfastly set his face to go to 
Jerusalem" (Luke 9:51). Jesus faced 
many detours: temptations by Satan; 
rebuke by Peter; a challenge to come 
down from the cross. But Jesus 
avoided the detours and was single- 
mindedly faithful to God. 

(3) Single -Mindedness and Us. 
"Ordinary ability when focalized ex- 
cels." We need to focus our lives, as a 
magnifying glass focuses the sun's 
rays. At Moody Bible Institute Dr. 
Sweeting emphasizes that "the main 
thing is to keep the main thing being 

of the Canton, Ohio, Trinity Brethren 
Church and Rev. Robert Kiplinger, 
pastor of the Linwood, Md., Brethren 
Church sang a meaningful duet. 

The Wednesday evening worship 
hour began with a magnificent audio- 
visual prelude. To recorded back- 
ground music by the "2nd Chapter of 
Acts," beautiful nature slides taken by 
Mrs. Gwen Stuart of Middletown, 
Ohio, were projected on two screens. 
The service was led by Rev. Keith 
Stuart also of Middletown, and Mrs. 
Susie Stout of the Peru, Ind., First 
Brethren Church served as accompan- 
ist. Miss Geneva Obum of the Pleasant 
Hill, Ohio, First Brethren Church, sang 
two very special numbers. In addition, 
testimonies to God's faithfulness, were 
shared by Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire, 
a retired pastor living in Tempe, Ariz., 
and by ATS professor Dr. Jerry Flora 
and his wife Julia. 



Listener Responses 

Following each sermon, Rev. 
Lersch asked a few people, "V^/hat 
Is one thought that was especially 
meaningful to you from this mes- 
sage — that you think you'll take 
with you?" Following are a few of 
the responses. 

First Message 

Press on. Don't give up. 

Excellence is from God. 

Improve my preaching. I need to 
be more excellent in that. 

Power of faith and what it will do 
for you. 

Second Message 

Every way that we treat people 
must be founded on love. 

Only sacrifice motivated by love 
has value. 

Third Message 

Be unwavering regardless of tem- 
porary feelings. 

Lead the church toward a single 
goal. 

Stop trying to do too many things. 

Focus on Jesus in everything I do. 



the main thing — world evangeliza- 
tion." Because of their faithfulness, 23 
MBI graduates have been martyred. 
But that single-mindedness has re- 
sulted in thousands of other graduates 
volunteering to serve. 

Each of the following statements 
recaps an illustration of single-mind- 
edness shared by the speaker: Some- 
times an artist needs to know what to 
leave out of a design or a picture. Van 
Clibum, the concert pianist, intention- 
ally "planned to neglect" other things 
so that he could concentrate on the 
piano eight hours a day. Christians in 
the early church "gave themselves 
daily" to fellowship and prayer. "Be- 
ware of the barrenness of an over-busy 
life." 

Additional Resources: As noted on page 
10, audio recordings of Dr. Sweeting's 
three messages (as well as the messages by 
other Conference speakers) are available 
on cassette. See the order form on page 20 
For additional thoughts on the pursuit of 
Christian excellence, you might also want 
to purchase The Secrets of Excellence, Dr. 
Sweeting's book from which he took these 
messages (available from The Carpenter's 
Shop or through your local Christian 
bookstore). 



September 1991 



13 



General Conference Report 



General Conference Business 



Business sessions are an important 
part of Conference week, for it is at 
these that Brethren hear reports of 
what has taken place in the past year, 
make plans for the year ahead, and 
elect council, committee, and commis- 
sion members who are responsible to 
carry out those plans. 

Two items of business at this Con- 
ference aroused more than the usual 
amount of interest. These were the 
proposed Brethren positions on Ac- 
quired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 
(AIDS) and on Abortion, brought to the 
Conference by the Social Responsi- 
bilities Commission. 

Following some discussion and two 
minor amendments, the position on 
AIDS (as printed below) was adopted. 

The proposed position on abortion 



(see page 5 of the June Evangelist) 
generated considerably more discus- 
sion, with a number of people rising to 
speak about perceived weaknesses in 
the position or to offer amendments. 
The motion was tabled when time ran 
out during the Wednesday business 
session. Later that day (after the eve- 
ning worship service), the Social 
Responsibilities Commission met and 
rewrote the prop>osed position, incor- 
porating some of the amendments and 
suggestions made during the day's 
business session. This rewritten posi- 
tion was then presented during the 
Thursday business session as a sub- 
stitute for the original proposal. 

An amendment was immediately of- 
fered to remove a section allowing for 
the possibility of termination of preg- 



The Brethren Position on 
Acquired immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (1991) 



Acquired Immune Deficiency Syn- 
drome (AIDS) is rapidly becoming the 
number one public health problem in 
the world. For those who have con- 
tracted AIDS, there is currently no 
known medical cure, and thus the dis- 
ease is fatal. The evidence is not clear 
concerning the long-term results for 
those who are carriers of the HIV virus. 
The Surgeon General of the United 
States has called AIDS "the most 
serious matter any health official of any 
nation has ever faced." 

Although there is the urgent need for 
education regarding AIDS, education 
without reference to values ignores the 
moral dimensions of the problem. 
Therefore, government or private sec- 
tor programs that deny the moral ele- 
ment of the problem are inadequate 
remedies. While there are innocent suf- 
ferers of the disease, the fact remains 
that two primary groups of individuals 
with AIDS are practicing homosexuals 
and drug addicts who share needles. 
The connection between immoral be- 
havior and the spread of the HIV virus 
is self-evident. 

Furthermore. AIDS is first and 
foremost a public health concern, not a 
civil rights issue. Hence, any proposed 
legislation that would confer special 
"civil rights" on persons afflicted with 
AIDS, but threatens the health of 
others, is totally unacceptable. We 
believe appropriate legislation regard- 



ing AIDS would require testing of high 
risk groups, reporting of those with the 
disease to public health officials on the 
same basis as other sexually trans- 
mitted diseases, and closing of bath- 
houses and other facilities that permit 
promiscuous sexual activity. 

But legislation and the best efforts of 
public health officials have their limits. 
Our Christian faith offers hope for the 
victims of AIDS. This faith offers a 
realistic way of life that will curb the 
spread of this tragic disease in that our 
faith calls for chastity before marriage, 
fidelity in marriage, and rejection of 
the homosexual lifestyle. For this 
reason The Brethren Church proclaims 
the hope that God has provided in 
Christ Jesus and promotes the practice 
of biblical sexual morality. We en- 
courage pastors to request couples 
coming to them for marriage consider 
having AIDS tests and to share the 
results with each other before mar- 
riage. We further urge that, with Chris- 
tian compassion, we offer the hope of 
Christ's redemption and grace to vic- 
tims of AIDS. 

Our churches should take the initi- 
ative and leadership in ministering to 
AIDS patients and to those infected 
with the virus. We cannot permit fear or 
apathy to keep us from bringing the 
life-changing resources of our Christian 
faith to those who suffer from the 
dreaded AIDS disease. 



nancies caused by rape or incest. After 
some discussion, this amendment was 
passed. Almost immediately thereafter 
the position as amended was adopted 
(see below). 

Elections 

In elections, Rev. Glenn Grumbling 
was chosen as moderator-elect, Rev. 
David Stone as a member-at-large to 
the General Conference Executive 
Council (GCEC), and Rev. Mark 
Baker as the GCEC representative 
from the Plains Region (Indiana and 
Central districts). 

Rev. Grumbling (see photo on page 
18) is pastor of the College Comer 

(continued following the Outlook pages) 



The Brethren Position 
on Abortion (1991) 

The Brethren Church believes that 
the moral issue of abortion is more 
than a question of the freedom of a 
woman to control the reproductive 
functions of her own body. It is rather 
a question of those circumstances 
under which a human being may be 
permitted to take the life of another. 
We believe that all human life has 
value, is a creative act of God, and 
begins at conception. We oppose the 
use of abortion for personal or socio- 
logical purposes. We recognize thera- 
peutic abortions may be necessary 
where the pregnancy endangers the life 
of the mother, as in tubal pregnancies. 

Affirming the necessity of response 
to this issue. The Brethren Church sup- 
ports and encourages the following: 

(1 ) Prayer for the unborn and those 
affected by the issue of abortion; 

(2) Biblical teaching promoting 
abstinence from sexual relations out- 
side of marriage and the sanctity of all 
human life; 

(3) Spiritual, emotional, and 
material support at the personal and 
congregational level to those in crisis 
pregnancies and children resulting 
from these pregnancies, including 
their adoption; 

(4) Activities that will offer the 
redemption, forgiveness, and restora- 
tion available through Jesus Christ to 
those involved in an abortion; 

(5) Legislative action which upholds 
the biblical truths regarding the sanc- 
tity of human life. 



14 



The Brethren Evangelist 



C3l puhlicatiotv afthe '^elivren, ^Wman's ^Missionary SocUtu 




September-October 1991 



Volume 5, Number 1 



WHAT ABOUT JUDAEA? 

The President's Message presented August 6, 1991 



Let me begin by reading the purpose 
of the Woman's Missionary Society. In 
the Constitution, this is Article II — 

Object. 

***** 

"The object of this society shall be to 
promote Christian culture, to do Home 
and Foreign mission work, to raise 
funds for enlarging the borders of the 
church, to disseminate the principles 
of Christian religion, and to advance 
Christian womanhood." To SHOW 

THE FAITH! 

* • • • * 

Over the past year I have been en- 
couraging ourselves to look inward, 
not only personally, but as a group of 
Christian women. We asked ourselves 
several questions dealing with meeting 
the needs of our women in a changing 
world. Perhaps I have misled some of 
you. A friend shared with me her feel- 
ings of how she felt that her WMS fel- 
lowship was so wrapped up in meeting 
the needs of themselves that they 
didn't have time to reach out in minis- 
try, which is one of our reasons to dis- 
seminate Christian principles. 

My intent was that we survey our 
congregations to ascertain several 
things: how to incorporate the younger 
women into our groups; the best meet- 
ing time for all those interested in 
being a part; perhaps a babysitter for 
small children so Mom could attend 
the WMS meeting; the need for a 
deeper fellowship and encouragement 
from other Christian women; the im- 
portance of meaningful study and 
prayer time; and giving something to 
ovir ladies that makes them feel like 
this ministry should be a priority for 
them. 

Yet, in all of this, I am concerned we 
have lost our first love — that of reach- 
ing out and meeting the needs, not 
only of each other, but of those in a 
lost and dying world. 

However, here again I may be mis- 
leading. Many of our groups are 
generously reaching out to world mis- 
sions, such as India, Argentina, 



Malaysia. Many of our groups are 
giving generously to Brethren Home 
Missions, such as Riverside, the Semi- 
nary, and Campus Ministry at the 
University. Don't misunderstand me. 
These are all worthy and needful areas 
that are dear to all of us and need our 
continued support. But what about 
Judaea? 

Acts 1:8: But ye shall receive power, 
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon 
you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me 
both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, 
and in Samaria, and unto the utter- 
most part of the earth. 

We somehow find it more exciting 
and fulfilling to reach out to the ends 
of the earth when our own Judaeas, 
our own neighborhoods and com- 
munities, are crying out for help. Per- 
haps we feel it is more appealing to 
minister to the larger causes, or per- 
haps, and I fear this is too often true, 
it is easier to minister to the larger 
causes. We don't have to give of oursel- 
ves in a personal way . Usually it is 
much easier to open our purses than to 
open oxir arms. 

Let me give you some practical sug- 
gestions for bringing "giving" closer 
home. These are ways in which some 
of our ladies' groups have already 
reached out in a real and personal way 
to their Judaeas. 

\. Most areas now have a center or 
organization that ministers to girls 
and women who are in a crisis preg- 
nancy situation. A crisis pregnancy 
would be one which involves an unwed 
teenager, perhaps an unwed expecting 
mother whose family has rejected her, 
or even an older married woman who 
is carrying an unplanned child. This is 
the purpose of a Crisis Pregnancy Sup- 
port Center. 

You can imagine the needs they 
might have! They offer Christian coun- 
seling, discourage abortion by offering 
alternatives, provide shepherding 
(continued on page 2) 



^ ^PP^i^i^tion 



1. To God our Father for blessings 
of the week: comfortable weather, in- 
spirational messages, friends, memo- 
ries, tears, and hugs. 

2. To the General Conference Ex- 
ecutive Committee, who chose the 
theme, "Show Your Faith," based on 
James 2:17. 

3. To the WMS speakers who 
developed the theme, "Prove Your 
Faith." 

4. To Joanne Kroft, for 20 years our 
appointed representative to the Mis- 
sionary Board. To Kitty Winfield, who 
continues, and to Donna Stoffer, the 
new appointed representative. 

5. To Alberta Holsinger, our litera- 
ture secretary for four years. She and 
her committee of readers have sug- 
gested books to stretch our mission 
minds and spiritual souls. 

6. To the musicians: Marjorie Ben- 
nett, pianist; Sandy Medsger, song 
leader; and Bonnie Lawson, who wrote 
the theme song, "What Will We Do?" 

7. To Helen Dickson, vice president, 
who planned the program using PKs 
(preachers' kids): Trudy Kemer (Ash- 
land Garber), devotional leader (her 
talks will be printed in subsequent is- 
sues of the Newsletter); Dolly Zerbe 
(Peru), who gave musical readings 
"Ode to the Butterfly" and "To a 
Musty, Crusty Oyster", accompanied 
by Susie Stout (Peru); to Grace 
Radcliff (Johnstown III), who sang "A 
Closer Walk with Thee," accompanied 
by Dee Keplinger (Linwood); and to 
Beth Maurer (Ashland Garber), who 
gave special music at the luncheon. 
Following her piano solo, Beth sang 
"People Need the Lord." That was very 
appropriate following Nellie Pickard's 
talk. 

8. To the Johnstown II society for 
the name tags, which used the de- 
scending dove motif; to the Goshen 
ladies for the Amish decorations on the 
luncheon tables — wooden figures on a 
quilted square; and to the Linwood 
society for the luncheon programs. 

(continued on page 2) 



President's Message (continued) 



In Appreciation (continued) 



homes for girls who have nowhere to 
go, provide advocates to help the girls 
through their pregnancies. They pro- 
vide clothes for both the mother and 
the baby, diapers, food, baby furniture, 
and the list goes on and on. The most 
obvious way to help would be through 
donations of items that are needed at 
the center. One WMS group "adopted" 
an unwed mother-to-be. They worked 
with her advocate and supplied basic 
needs during and after the pregnancy. 
The ladies had a "ghost" shower for the 
expectant mother. Due to confiden- 
tiality, she was unable to attend the 
shower, thus the name "ghost" shower. 
What fun for the ladies to open gifts, 
knowing they were giving these in love 
and in the name of Jesus. The young 
girl was so touched by this expression 
of love that she wanted to meet the 
ladies in the group. After the birth of 
her child, the church was privileged to 
see the mother accept Christ into her 
life and dedicate her small child to the 
Lord. They opened their purses, but 
they also opened their arms. 

2. We all seem to enjoy going to 
nursing homes to share and minister. 
But what about the elderly in our 
neighborhoods who live alone in their 
own homes? Perhaps your group could 
adopt some — their needs would be 
many: clean house, take them shop- 
ping, buy their groceries, read to them, 
sit and visit with them. Let them know 
someone does care. 

3. Perhaps you know of a family 
who is struggling financially right 
now. Do they have immediate needs? I 
am sure they do. Maybe your WMS 
group could meet some of those needs. 
Maybe Mom needs a few hours away 
from the kids; could you babysit for 
her? Perhaps a real treat for them 
would be for you to have them over to 
your home for a meal. Bettter yet, take 
them out to eat! 

4. With school beginning, I think of 
one ladies fellowship that ministered 
to a small girl in desperate need of 
clothing for school. She didn't even 
have socks and underwear. What to 
do? The girls went shopping! We all 
love to do that, and it's even more en- 
joyable when you are doing it for some- 
one who really needs the love and 
sharing that you can give. They bought 
her panties, socks, shoes, jeans, 
blouses, sweaters, and other neces- 
sities. What a blessing to share with 
this small child, and the joy that must 
have been in her eyes as they reached 
out in the name of Christ. 

5. Most communities have organiza- 



tions that help those in need. Perhaps 
you could let them know that your 
group is available to help in any way, 
if a crisis situation arises for a local 
family. 

This is not an exhaustive list; ac- 
tually it barely scratches the surface of 
the needs in our Judaeas. Most of 
these ministries are done anonjTnous- 
ly, because . . . 

. . . we do them in the name of 
Jesus Christ to bring glory to Him, 
not to ourselves. 

I am not asking that we do this in- 
stead of reaching to the ends of the 
earth. We do this in addition to reach- 
ing the ends of the earth. The diction- 
ary defines "missionary" as a person 
who propagates one's faith and carries 
on humanitarian work. We members 
of the Woman's Missionairy Society are 
called to do more than support our 
missionaries. We are called to witness 
and minister to a lost and dying world 
through touching lives in a real and 
personal way. My friend used to say, 
"Our Christianity shows where the 
rubber meets the road." Well, I believe 
the rubber meets the road in Judaea. 

How about your local WMS? How 
about you ? Are you getting your hands 
dirty working in your Judaean garden? 
Are you willing to open your arms as 
well as your purses? I pray that you 
are. But if not, I pray that you will do 
so very soon. If you want to show 
Christ to the world, begin by making a 
difference at home, in Judaea. 

Can this encourage women who 
aren't involved in our WMS to become 
a part of the action? You bet it can! If 
they can see a loving, compassionate, 
caring group of Christian women dedi- 
cated to healing the hurts in their in- 
dividual communities, they will see 
the priority that this kind of ministry 
should have in their own lives. We 
won't reach all the needs of our com- 
munities and our world. We won't 
reach all the ladies in our churches for 
our ministry. But God's work must and 
will continue. His Word says that if we 
don't praise Him, the rocks will cry out 
in praise! And if we are unwilling to do 
His work, think what joy and blessing 
we will miss. 

Let us not miss out on the wonders 
God has in store for us. Let us make a 
difference in our world, yes; but also in 
our homes, our churches, and our 
Judaeas. God bless you as you con- 
tinue steadfast for Him! 

Deanna Benshoff 



The cover was a drawing of the dove 
and ways of showing "Faith by Works." 

9. To the ladies who served on the 
committees: Credential — Melva 
Staples, Dorothy Real, Ginny Hutch- 
ison — all of Milledgeville; Nominat- 
ing — Cindi Stout (Peru), Cheryl Sigle 
(Derby); Auditing — Enid Schrader 
(Dayton), Cindi Stout. 

10. To the Midwest district ladies 
for the Thank Offering service: Marsha 
Nies (Falls City), Sue Hurd (Chey- 
enne), Cheryl Sigle (Derby), Cindy 
Smith, Carolyn Tucker, and Terri 
Chancellor — all of Mulvane. 

1 L To the Louisville Brethren Bible 
WMS for the project offering ingather- 
ing: Penny Knouff, Karen Moran, 
Elaine Kerstetter. 

12. To the Peru ladies for the 
memorial service of praise for 24 mem- 
bers: Matilda Stout, who read the 
Scripture; for an original poem read by 
Waneta Finster, and to Cindi Stout for 
singing "When the Roll is Called Up 
Yonder" and "They Live," accompanied 
by Lynn Brady. 

13. To Christina Moyers (Bridge- 
water) and Joan Merrill (Muncie) for 
the quilted items for the auction. 

14. To Tom McConahay (Ashland), 
the auctioneer. Proceeds were $465, 
and were given to the Missionary Board. 

15. To Duane Dickson (Huntington) 
for designing the program cover. 
"Faith" and "works" are the sides of 
the triangle, and "Jesus" is the base. It 
is evident that faith cannot stand 
alone. 




THE WOMAN'S OUTLOOK 
NEWSLETTER 

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March, May, July, September, and 
November by the Woman's Missionary 
Society of The Brethren Church. 

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HIGHLIGHTS OF WMS CONFERENCE 



It was a joyful week! "Prove Your 
Faith" was an excellent conclusion for 
this year's study of "Show the Faith." 
And Nellie Pickard was an inspiration- 
al joy. 

One of Nellie's books, W}iat Would 
You have Said . . ., is a recommended 
reading book. She and her husband, 
Paul, used excerpts from this for their 
workshop entitled appropriately 
"Teamwork — God's Plan for 
Believers." When you read the book, 
you will know that Nellie walks her 
talk; she proves her faith. From a 
workshop, you use what you learn and 
you'll thrive, too; so we are all better 
prepared to prove our faith. Having 
the Pickards to present their workshop 
was an added blessing. 

At the luncheon, Nellie reported 
that 95% of the Christians are timid 
about sharing their faith, but, since it 
is God's command. He will be with us. 
She challenged us to use every oppor- 
tunity to share our faith — even in 
home furnishings. Referring to I Corin- 
thians 3:6, she said, "Some sow, some 
water, but only God gives the harvest." 

A tape of the workshop by Nellie and 
Paul Pickard is available for $4.00 
from the Brethren Church National 
Office, 524 College Ave., Ashland, OH 
44805. 

Seeing our missionary sisters is a 
joy! This year we were honored to have 
several on furlough: Nirmala Kumar, 
Maria Miranda, Chantal Logan, Jan 
Solomon, and Sally Saunders and their 
husbands. To these "seasoned" mis- 
sionaries, add Carolyn Solomon. She 
and Ken were commissioned to serve 
in Colombia following language train- 
ing in Costa Rica. Jan Eagle and Tim 
are missionary candidates. In addition 
to these missionary sisters are the 
wives of many home mission pastors 
and special ministries. Continue your 
prayers for each one. 

Total delegates, officers, and guests 
registered were 115, a decrease from 
last year's 135. 

Dee Benshoff, president, announced 
the theme for next year's study, "A Time 
for Everything," based on Ecclesiastes 
3:1. She displayed the devotional guide, 
and mentioned several features which 
include: the Bible study, discussion 
questions, missionary-of-the-month, 
and a prayer praise and concern list. 
In addition are the Constitution, the 
ABC's of WMS, and the Benediction. 

Remember, ABC means annual 
basic commitments. These are the 
foundation for Christians and for a 
society: 

September-October 1991 



For Individuals 

1. Have personal daily devotions, 
including Bible reading and prayer. 

2. Have each WMS member invite 
at least one non-member to your meet- 
ing. 

3. Read at least two books from the 
suggested list. 

For the Society 

4. National dues of $7.50 per mem- 
ber, an offering for the Seminary, 
thank offering for benevolences, and 
project offering for the girls'orphanage 
in India sent to the Financial 
Secretary. 

5. Support for World Relief and 
other benevolences. The WMS Service 
Guide has good suggestions. 

6. Correspond regularly with home 
and world missionaries. 

7. Support the growth of the 
children and youth ministries. 

8. Evaluate and report your 
society's accomplishments annually. 

9. Consider the Object of WMS; 
evaluate how well your society meets 
the objective; and how you can im- 
prove. 

If each member assumes her respon- 
sibility for these commitments, she 
will be strengthened spiritually and 
blessed. 

The recipient of the WMS Scholar- 
ship is Kim Wagoner Howenstine. Kim 
is from the Elkhart Brethren Church 
and is a senior at Ashland University 
this year. 

Treasurer JoAnn Seaman presented 
the proposed budget, which was 
adopted. 
Benevolences $19,250 

ATS (public service) $5,200 

World and 

Home Missions 9,250 

Campus Ministry 1,500 

Riverside Christian 

School 1,500 

Scholarship, Ashland 

University 1,000 

Publications 7,150 

Newsletter 

Devotional Guide 
Other Expenses 3,000 

Administrative 

Social Security 

Gifts and Conference 

$29,400 

The budget is $300 less than last 
year, due, in part, to a decrease in 
membership and smaller offerings. 
This year's membership is 1,603 com- 
pared with 1,675 last year. 

Financial receipts to date are: 

Project: $10,353.76. This was the 
second and final year for church plant- 



ing in Argentina and Paraguay. Last 
year's offering was $10,797. 

Thank offering: $8,999.82. This of- 
fering is distributed among the 
benevolences listed in the budget 
above. Last year we gave $9,016. 

We thank you for supporting the 
project and the thank offering; your 
gift represents you throughout the 
denomination, at home and abroad! In- 
cidentally, a few societies have not 
sent their offerings; they are still 
needed and may be sent to Joanne 
Kroft. Her address appears later. 

Dues are designated for Publications 
and Other Expenses (conference, the 
Annual, mileage, printing, etc.). 

The one business item which was in- 
cluded in the July-August newsletter 
was disposition of the interest from the 
Carpenter bequest. This memorial gift 
is now in a fund which we have named 
Legacy Fund. At an appropriate time 
this money will be moved from Paine- 
Webber and invested with the Breth- 
ren Home Mission Revolving Loan 
Fund. Societies are encouraged to send 
additional memorial gifts to the Leg- 
acy Fund, which will be invested im- 
mediately in the Revolving Loan Fund. 

The conference voted to divide the 
interest from the Legacy Fund be- 
tween the new Board Room at 
Brethren Care in Ashland and an 
emergency fund for the Missionary 
Board. The Board Room is in recogni- 
tion of Dorothy Carpenter's years she 
served on the Brethren Care Board. 
The emergency fund will be used only 
in emergency situations — for in- 
stance, a disaster which would neces- 
sitate bringing missionaries home. 
This fund is at the discretion of the 
Missionary Board. 

The decision of designating the in- 
terest from the Legacy Fund will be 
made annually. This does not take the 
place of our project offering. 

Dee announced the project for this 
year is for a girls' orphanage in India. 
In her greetings, Nirmala Kumar told 
of their orphanages for 10 girls and 30 
boys. She was very appreciative of 
prayer support and tangible gifts: 
sewing, health and school supplies, 
and cards. She said, "We are working 
in partnership with you." 

In India the women's fellowship 
meets every Saturday for prayer and 
fellowship — they pray for us. In addi- 
tion are their daily sewing school clas- 
ses. Since the country is so engulfed in 
idol worship, evangelism is Nirmala's 
first priority. 

(continued on page 4) 



Highlights (continued) 

The Moderator, James Sluss, gave 
the installation service for the elected 
and appointed officers: 

President Deanna Benshoff 

Vice President Helen Dickson 

Financial Secretary Joanne Kroft 

Treasurer JoAim Seaman 

Second Vice President 

Karen Weidenhamer 

General Secretary Grace Grumbling 

Assistant Trudy Kemer 

Benevolence Coordinator 

Joan Merrill 

Editor, Newsletter Joan Ronk 

Editor, Devotional Guide 

Jeanette Sullivan 

Subscription Secretary Ginny Hoyt 

Literature Secretary Kathleen Mack 

Assistant Doris Shultz 

Historian Julie Flora 



"A TIME 

FOR 

EVERYTHING" 




Ecclesiastes 3:1 



1991-92 WMS Theme 



Dear Friend, 

You can guess I enjoyed conference 
again this year. It is a joy and a bless- 
ing which I anticipate and am never 
disappointed. It is always good to see 
and chat with you; I enjoy receiving 
your notes during the year, also. 

The missionaries-of-the-month (Sep- 
tember) are David and Jenny Loi and 
their children, who minister diligently 
in Malaysia under strict government 
restrictions. Bill and Sharon Winter in 
Buenos Aires are the October mis- 
sionaries. 

In the ABC's of WMS (the commit- 
ments), an asterisk is beside No. 9, 
which means No. 9 is especially impor- 
tant this year. Now, as you plan your 
programs and your missionary service, 
consider the purpose of your society in 
relation to the National Society, 
evaluate last year's efforts, and decide 
now which areas you will improve. 

Consider, evaluate, and improve — 
verbs for this year. You can make 
them active verbs. 



Congratulations to Joan Merrill, the 
World Relief and Sewing Coordinator. 
She and Dayrl are parents of Anna 
Ruth, bom August 4. What a blessed 
reason for Joan to be absent from Con- 
ference. 

Alberta Holsinger missed con- 
ference, too. Her reason wasn't so ex- 
citing. She was hospitalized for two 
weeks due to diverticulitis. Continue 
your prayers and send your get well 
wishes to her at 208 Sloan Avenue, 
Ashland, OH 44805. 

Check the Brethren Service Guide 
before sending gifts and^or bandages to 
India. The Kumars do not need 
bandages now; Joan Merrill gives 
another address on the last page. The 
Guide is comprehensive — included 
are birthdates and appropriate sugges- 
tions for local projects. Money for mis- 
sionaries should be sent to the 
Missionai^ Board, 524 College Ave., 
Ashland, OH 44805, and designated 
for the particular person. Two copies of 
the Guide are available in your society, 
so share the information. Joan and 
Marjorie Bennett have produced a 
very useful Guide. 



THE WMS THEME SONG 

What We Do 
Words and music by Bonnie Lawson 

If someone should say, "You have 

faith, I have deeds," 
In reply, I must say, "Then we both 

have a need." 
By grace we are saved, and I know this 

is true. 
But we prove who we are by what we 

do! 
Light a candle, shine the light, show 

someone the way. 
Help a neighbor, dry a tear, and al- 
ways pray . . . 
By grace we are saved, and I know this 

is true. 
But we prove who we are by what we 

do! 



See this 




Both Joanne Kroft, the financial 
secretary, and Ginny Hojd:, the sub- 
scription secretary, want you to return 
the same list of members which you 
receive to Joanne Kroft by October 3L 
Make corrections on that piece of 
paper and return that paper! This 
sounds silly, but some names get 
changed, omitted, or can't be matched 
at all. Your dues for $7.50 per member 
and the revised membership list may 
be sent together to Joanne Kroft, 608 
Twp. Road 1151, RD 5, Ashland, OH 
44805 by October 31. 

The conference ladies were pleased 
to have the Newsletter included with 
The Brethren Evangelist, so this will 
continue. We learned that some men 
read the Newsletter; we know the 
ladies read the Evangelist. And this is 
an outreach to ladies who are not 
members. These ladies can be among 
the first to be invited to your meetings. 
They are in your Judaea. 

Please continue to send your news 
items and activities to me. Your ac- 
tivity may become a special event for 
another society. All of us appreciate 
sharing with our sisters across the 
country and around the world. 

Blessings to you. 

Your friend, 




Joan 



Woman's Outlook Newsletter 




The Social Responsibilities Commission met after the Wednesday evening service to 
rework its proposed "Brethren Position on Abortion, " incorporating into it suggestions 
and amendments made during the Wednesday business session. Commission members 
were (I. to r.) Harold Barnett, Sharon Walk, Joanne Cole, Joyce McBride, Emery Hurd 
(ch.), and new member Ken Ingold. 



Brethren Church near Wabash, Ind., 
and formerly served the Milford and 
Muncie, Ind.; Waterloo, Iowa; and Mt. 
Olivet (Georgetown), Del., Brethren 
churches. He is a member of the na- 
tional Missionary Board and the Indi- 
ana District Ministry of Pastoral and 
Congregational Care. He has served as 
moderator in the Indiana, Central, and 
Pennsylvania districts. He and his wife, 
Nancy, are the parents of four adult 
children (one of whom is deceased). 

Rev. Stone is pastor of the Bloom- 
ingdale Brethren Church in Valrico, 
Fla., and serves on the Florida District 
Ministry of Administration. Rev. Baker 
is senior buyer for Bethel Publishing 
Company (bookstore division) and 
serves as minister of music at the Nap- 
panee, Ind., First Brethren Church. 

In addition to these members to 
GCEC, delegates elected members to 
Conference committees and commis- 
sions (see below), and to the Retire- 



Commission Members 

Education and Leadership: Linda Ban', 
ch.; Glenn Black, Tim Eagle, Russell 
King, Cynthia Koontz, James Miller. 

Stewardship: Dan Lawson, ch.; 
John Allison, Larry Baker, Thomas 
Stoffer, Steve Williams. 

Worship: Dee Keplinger, ch.; Lynne 
Brady, Fred Brandon, Janice Rowsey, 
Tom Schiefer. 

Evangelism and Church Growth: 
Leroy Solomon, ch.; Pam Ingold, 
David Oligee, Phil Stump, Paul Tinkel. 

Church Relations: Ralph Gibson, 
ch.; Linda Beekley, Mark Britton, Brad 
Hardesty, Lois Oligee. 

Social Responsibilities: Emery Hurd, 
ch.; Ken Ingold, Dale Long, Joyce Mc- 
Bride, Jeff Weidenhamer. 



ment and Missionary Boards. 

In giving the 1990 treasurer's report 
for The Brethren Church, Inc., Direc- 
tor of Brethren Church Ministries 
Ronald W. Waters expressed both 
relief and pleasure that during 1990, 
expenses exceeded support and rev- 
enues by only $244 (in a total budget 
of over half a million dollars). He re- 
minded the Conference that 1990 was 
the first year of operation under the 
denominational restructuring, which 
merged three boards with the National 
Office, and that the budget for this or- 
ganization was proposed and approved 
even before that merger took place. 

Rev. Waters noted that 34 churches* 
gave their full Fair Share during 1990 
(these congregations were honored 
during the Friday morning business 
session), and he called particular atten- 
tion to the Northgate (Manteca, Calif.) 
Brethren Church, which gave 277% of 
its Fair Share Support. On the other 
hand, he expressed disappointment 
that some churches gave no Fair Share 
Support to Brethren Church Ministries 
and even amazement that a number of 
churches gave not so much as a penny 

*Churches giving full Fair Share Supptirt 
were — Fla Dist: Bloomingdale, St. 
Petersburg; SE Dist: Bethlehem, Drushal 
Memorial, Mt. Olive, St. James; PA Dist: 
Cameron, Johnstown III, Mt. Olivet, Pleasant 
View, Sarver, Wayne Heights; Ohio Dist: 
Garber, Newark, New Lebanon, Park Street, 
Smithviile, Smoky Row; Ind Dist: Ardmore, 
Brighton Chapel, Burlington, Jefferson, 
Kokomo, New Paris, North Manchester, Oak- 
ville, Roanoke, Wabash, Warsaw; Cen Dist: 
Lanark, Waterloo; MW Dist: Mulvane; 
N Calif Dist: Northgate; Other: Pasadena 
Centro Cristiano. 



for World Relief (a sentiment echoed 
later in the week by Rev. Jim Black 
concerning mission support and by Dr. 
Fred Finks concerning support for 
Ashland Theological Seminary). 

Church Growth Report 

In giving the Church Growth Re- 
port, Statistician Ralph McBride noted 
on the positive side that many of our 
churches are showing an increase in 
both membership and attendance. But 
he expressed concern that Sunday 
school attendance has declined (from 
an average of 6,896 in 1989 to 6,784 
in 1990), and that only two of every 
five Brethren attend Communion. 
Noting the importance of Communion 
to The Brethren Church, he speculated 
on whether this was related to our loss 
of membership (a net loss of 95, from 
13,155 in 1989 to 13,060 in 1990). 

A positive figure in the report was 
an increase of almost 400 in average 
worship attendance, from 10,453 in 
1989 to 10,843 in 1990. Once again 
reversion (backsliding members and 
roll revision) was the leading cause for 
loss of members (703 lost by reversion 
compared with losses of 173 by death 
and 249 by transfer). But on the bright 
side, this figure (the 703) is consider- 
able less than the reversion figures for 
the previous three years (1,034 in 
1987; 1,069 in '88; and 2,282 in '89). 

Other business session items 

• The Brethren Fellowship of the Sav- 
ior, a former Home Mission congrega- 
tion in Shaker Heights, Ohio (suburb 
of Cleveland), pastored by Rev. 
Ronald Williams, was recognized by 
the Conference as a fully established 
Church, with all the rights, privileges 
and responsibilities thereof. 

It should also be noted that two new 
groups of Brethren were granted 
"Class" status by GCEC at its meeting 



Top Ten Brethren Churches 


in Membership 




1 Brethren Fellowship of the 




Savior 


1.105 


2 Goshen 


479 


3 Park Street 


435 


4 New Lebanon 


382 


St. James 


382 


6 Berlin 


350 


7 Winding Waters 


333 


8 Jefferson 


273 


9 Sarasota 


259 


10 Bryan 


255 



September 1991 



15 





Top Ten Brethren Churches in 


Sunday AM Worship Attendance 


1 Brethren Fellowship of the 


Savior 


850 


2 Winding Waters 


406 


3 Park Street 




367 


4 St. James 




264 


5 Jefferson 




246 


6 West Alexandria 




212 


7 Sarasota 




210 


8 Nappanee 




209 


New Lebanon 


209 1 






200 







on Monday of Conference week. They 
are the Krypton Brethren Church of 
Krypton, Ky., and The 340 Brethren 
Church of Elkton, Va. Class status is 
the first of three steps (Class, Mission 
Congregation, Church) in becoming 
an established Brethren congregation. 
Being granted Class status does not 
require Conference action. 

• A recommendation from GCEC that 
the Brethren Church Foundation be 
dissolved with assets to be returned to 
The Brethren Church, Inc., was ap- 
proved. 

• Delegates approved the Local Church 
Goals for 1992 proposed by GCEC. 
Two things of note about the goals are: 
(1) No points will be awarded for 
achieving a goal (as has been done in 
the past). The goals are not to be seen 
as a contest, but as a means of better 
serving the Lord. (2) In approving the 
goals. Conference also approved an 
increase of $2.00 (from $29 to $3 1 per 
Church Growth Index point) in the 
Fair Share Support for Brethren 
Church Ministries and set the Fair 
Share amount for support of Campus 
Ministry from "an offering" to a 
specified amount of $2.00. 

• Dr. Fred Finks noted as a part of the 
Ashland Theological Seminary report 
that during Conference week five 
Brethren students had applied to enter 
the seminary in the fall, but that all 
scholarship money for Brethren stu- 





Top Ten Brethren Churches 




1 


in Per Capita Givii 

Smoky Row 


ig 




$2,005 


2 


Milford 


1,917 


3 


Mt. Pleasant 


1,831 


4 


Town and Country 


1,805 


5 


Hillcrest 


1.619 


6 


Northwest Chapel 


1.375 


7 


Dutchtown 


1.321 


8 


Bloomingdale 


1,172 


9 


Northgate 


1,150 


10 


Garber 


1,077 



dents had already been allocated. Fol- 
lowing his report, a motion was made 
and passed to take an offering on the 
spot for scholarship funds for these 
students. A total of $2,177.76 was 
received. (Anyone wish ing to add to this 
amount can send a check to Ashland 
Theological Seminary designated for 
Brethren scholarships.) 

• Conference adopted a 1992 budget for 
The Brethren Church, Inc., that differs 
from past budgets in two respects. 
First, it includes the amounts for Na- 
tional Office/Brethren Church Minis- 
tries and for General Conference in 
one budget. (In past years a separate 
budget was generated for General 
Conference.) This is in accordance 
with a recommendation from the 
church's accountant. 

Second, and more important, sup- 
port is budgeted on the basis of 100% 
Fair Share Support from all churches. 
Since 100% support has never been 
received in the past, a portion of the 
expenses part of the budget is desig- 
nated "additional projects if funding 
available." The amount in this section 
of the budget is approximately equal 
to the difference between 100% sup- 
port and the percent received in the 
past. The rational for this change is 
that we will never approach 100% sup- 
port if we demonstrate by the budget 
that we are satisfied with less. 

• Next year's General Conference will 
be held August 3-7 at Ashland Uni- 
versity (as approved last year). The 
theme, announced by newly installed 
Moderator Marlin McCann, will be 
"Put on the Whole 
Annor" (Eph. 6:11.) 
This year's dele- 
gates set the 1993 
General Conference 
for August 2-6 at 
Ashland University. 

• The total number of 
delegates was 428 
— 235 lay, 142 min- 
isterial (22 of which 
were in absentia), 
28 district, and 23 
cooperative. This 
was up from the total 
of 400 delegates to 
the 1990 General 
Conference. Totals 
for other recent 
years have been 453 
in 1989 (at North 



The Brethren Church, Inc. 
1992 Budget (in brief) 

Support and Revenue 
Support 

Fair Share 

Contributions and Bequests 

Total Support 

Revenue 

Fees for Memt>erships and 

Conferences 
Fees for Materials 
Investment Income 
Miscellaneous 
Total Revenue 
Total Support & Revenue 

Expenses 
Program Services 

Designated Distributions 

Other Program Services 
Materials 
Printing, Travel, Rent, 

Equipment, etc. 
Salaries and Related 
Meetings, Projects, Confer- 
ence, etc. 

Supporting Services 

Rent, Depreciation, Legal, 

Interest 21,000 

Salaries 51,000 

Total Program and Support 

Services 574,000 

Additional Projects If 
Funding Available 

Evangelist to Every Home 78,000 
Regional Pastoral Ministries 

Staff 30.000 

Free Postage, Other Staff 

and Projects 21 .000 

Total Additional Projects 1 29,000 

Total Expenses $703,000 



$418,000 

75,000 

493,000 



43,000 

140,000 

26,000 

1,000 

_21 0.000 

$703,000 



$102,500 

112.000 

96.000 
153.000 

38.500 



Manchester); 457 in 1988 (the Centen- 
nial Conference); and 424 in 1987. [t] 




Three key people to the success of the business sessions 
were Moderator Jim Sluss (c), secretary Helen Garner (r.), 
and assistant secretary Lois Hutzell. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



General Conference Report 



Thursday and Friday Worship Services 



Rev. Fred Miller, pastor of the Mt. 
Olive Brethren Church, served as wor- 
ship leader and Rev. Fred Brandon, 
pastor of the North Georgetown Breth- 
ren Church, led singing for the Thurs- 
day morning worship hour of Confer- 
ence. Special music was presented by 
David Steiner, a recent Ashland 
University graduate who attends the 
N. Canton Trinity Brethren Church, 
who played a medley of gospel songs 
on the piano. 

Accompanist for the service was 
Susie Stout a member of the Peru, Ind., 
First Brethren Church. Mrs. Stout also 
gave a testimony of God's faithfulness 
to her through a variety of personal 
trials and difficulties, including a bout 
with severe arthritis in the past year, 
which has put her into a wheelchair. 

The message was given by Dr. Charles 
Munson, retired Ashland Theological 
Seminary dean and professor. The 
question, "What Did You Say?" was 
the title of his message, which was 
filled with many searching questions 
aimed at making his hearers take a 
serious look at what does and doesn't 
come out of their mouths. 

To get the subject before his hearers. 
Dr. Munson projected a large imagin- 
ary tongue on an illusionary screen 
and called attention to the tongue's 
various features, noting particularly its 
slippery location. He stated, "Of all the 
things opened by mistake, the mouth is 
opened by mistake most often." 

The two main points of his message 
were also questions, namely: (1) "What 
did you say to the insiders?" and (2) 
"What did you say (and what will you 
say) to the outsiders?" 

By insiders, he meant the church, 
those whom Christ is coming to take 
for His own, people indwelt by God's 
own Spirit. He repeatedly asked, 
"What did you say to these people?" 
How many encouraging words did you 
say to your pastor? How critical or 
how encouraging were you to others? 

The church, he said, is not built on 
gifts, but on loving one another. The 
Bible says we are to love one another, 
to be devoted to one another. "I 
believe that being devoted to one 
another can transfonn us," he said. 




Speaker Charles Munson points to a 
tongue projected on an imaginary screen. 

Under his second main section, 
"What did you say to the outsiders?" 
Dr. Munson included two groups of 
outsiders — those who have "strayed 
from the truth" (James 5:19) (and been 
removed from the church by role revi- 
sion), and those who have never be- 
come a part of the church (the unsaved). 

"Who goes after these people who 



have strayed from the truth?" he 
asked. "Who talks to them?" 
And whav about those who have 
said no to the church? What are 
we saying and will we say to 
them. "We need to tell them 
something." 

While admitting that he is not 
great at this, Dr. Munson said 
that if he has five minutes with a 
person, he's going to tell him 
something. He will ask the per- 
son if he's a Christian; tell him 
I'm a Christian. "I think we have 
to have open our mouths," he 
said. "I don't think there are any 
silent witnesses. Either the witness will 
destroy the silence or the silence will 
destroy the witness. . . . Everybody 
ought to have a good word for Jesus." 
"I'd say our church is at great risk 
. . . unless we change some of our 
traditional approaches," he warned. 
And he asked, "What will it take to get 
your lips unsealed?" 



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Missionary Board Evening 

Bartimaeus, in Mark 10:46-52 as the 
basis of his address. He noted that by 
faith, Bartimaeus overcame his ob- 
stacles, went to Jesus, and was healed. 
After he was healed, he put his faith 
into action and followed Jesus. 

Focusing for a time on faith in ac- 
tion. Rev. Kumar said that it means 
meeting the needs of others — feeding 
the hungry, clothing the naked. He 
said that in the U.S. we know little of 
true hunger, nakedness, or poverty. 
But in India, 60% of the people live be- 
low the poverty level. The situation is 
so bad that some people are offering to 
sell their body organs, such as kidneys, 
in order to get money to provide for 
their families. He said that you cannot 
tell a hungry person about Christ until 
you do something about his hunger. 

On the other hand, faith in action is 
different from salvation by works. In 
India, millions of people are attempt- 
ing to obtain salvation by making holy 
pilgrimages to temples, taking dips in 
holy rivers, helping to build temples, 
and doing other acts of piety. 

Just as Bartimaeus had to overcome 



Thursday evening was Missionary 
Board night at Conference, with a Mis- 
sionary Board-sponsored banquet at 
5 30 followed by a worship service 
with the Missionary Board in charge. 

In addition to a delicious meal, the 
banquet featured prelude music by 
Allen Baer, Brethren missionary to 
Argentina, currently on furlough; and 
special music by Daniel and Kathy 
Rosales (Daniel is pastor of the His- 
panic Brethren Church in Sarasota, 
Fla., and Kathy, his wife, is the 
daughter of Brethren missionaries 
Raymond and Marilyn Aspinall). 

The worship service that followed 
featured a commissioning of Rev. and 
Mrs. Kenneth Solomon for missionary 
service in Colombia, S. America (see 
p. 22); a vocal solo by Missionary Board 
member Rev. Glenn Grumbling; a mes- 
sage by Rev. K. Prasanth Kumar, 
director of the Brethren Mission in 
India; and greetings from his wife, 
Nirmala. 

"Where Do You Stand?" was the 
theme of Rev. Kumar's message, and 
he used the account of the blind man. 



September 1991 



17 



obstacles in order to come to Jesus, 
many obstacles must be overcome in 
order to preach the gospel in India. 




During the Thursday evening service. 
Rev. and Mrs. Prasanth Kumar were pre- 
sented a plaque by the Missionary Board 
in appreciation for their 22 years of lead- 
ership of the Brethren Mission in India. 



One obstacle is the tremendous pop- 
ulation — 850 million people, 80% of 
whom are Hindus. (Only 3% are Chris- 
tians, and there is only one church for 
every 2,000 villages.) The great pover- 
ty in India is another obstacle to the 
spread of Christianity, as is the social 
structure (the caste system). A person 
who becomes a Christian is considered 
an outcast, an untouchable. 

Persecution is also a major obstacle 
to the gospel in India. This is both 
direct (church buildings destroyed, 
Bibles and tracts burned. Christians 
forced to become Hindus) and indirect 
(preferential treatment given to Hindus 
in employment, housing, aid, etc.). 

Despite these obstacles, the Brethren 
Mission in India, since it was begun 22 
years ago, has baptized nearly 3,000 
believers. More than 8,000 people at- 
tend worship services regularly in the 
approximately 200 villages in which 
the mission is at work. This has been 
possible. Rev. Kumar said, because of 



the prayers of the Brethren. Prayer, he 
said, gives them the power to stand. 

To illustrate the power of prayer, he 
said that after the recent assassination 
of India's prime minister, one of the 
political parties made it part of its 
party manifesto to change the country 
into a Hindu land. Indian Christians 
got together and prayed and prayed. 
When the election came, that party 
was defeated, even though 80% of the 
population is Hindu. 

As he drew his message to a close. 
Rev. Kumar reiterated his question, 
"Where Do We Stand?" He said that 
in India, the Brethren Church stands 
firm in faith — depending on the Lord 
in spite of the obstacles. He also said 
that Brethren Christians in India stand 
with prayer, noting that the church 
there spends time every week in fast- 
ing and prayer. "The Brethren Church 
is progressing in India because of our 
firm faith and because of our prayers," 
he said in conclusion. 



Friday Morning Worship Hour 



Ashland Theological Seminary 
professor Dr. Jerry Flora was the 
leader for the concluding worship 
service of Conference on Friday 
morning. Rev. Keith Hensley, pas- 
tor of the Pleasant View Brethren 
Church, led singing and also sang 
special music (a duet with Rev. 
Marlin McCann and a solo). 
Pianist for the service was Mrs. 
Lynne Brady, a member (and wife 
of the pastor) of the Corinth Breth- 
ren Church. 

The service also included a pre- 
sentation by the Brethren Youth in 
Christ, who had just returned from 
their Youth Convention in Mt. 
Vernon, Ohio. That presentation 
included a vocal selection by a chorus 
made up of the young men who had 
attended the Convention; a testimony 
of what the Convention did for her by 
Dawn Kidd, a member of the Bethle- 
hem Brethren Church; a rundown of 
some of the highlights of the Conven- 
tion by Brent Grimm from the Milford 
First Brethren Church; and an in- 
credible "race through the Bible" by 
all the youth, demonstrating what they 
had learned in their "Walk Thru the 
Bible" during the week. 

The message for the service was 
presented by Rev. Marlin McCann, the 




Newly installed Moderator Marlin McCann (I.) 
with the new moderator-elect, Rev. Glenn Grumbling. 



newly installed moderator for the com- 
ing year, who introduced the 1992 
Conference theme, "Put on the Whole 
Armor," based on Ephesians 6:10ff 

He began by reminding the Brethren 
that "We are in the midst of a great 
battle" — a battle with Satan and the 
mighty powers of evil he commands. 
Our foe is not the laughable Satan of 
popular misconception, but an evil 
being with great power. "The strategy 
of Satan is very simple," Rev. McCann 
said; "he's trying to destroy us." 

He seeks to do this in various ways: 
by undermining God's character and 



credibility; by persecuting Christ's fol- 
lowers; by pushing "easy-believism"; 
by confusing us with false doctrine 
through the proliferation of cults; 
by throwing up roadblocks to our 
service to God; through divisions 
in the church; by making us world- 
ly and materialistic; and by making 
us disobedient to God's word. 

But we are are not powerless in 
this battle. Rather, "God has given 
to us some marvelous equipment 
with which to fight the attacks of 
Satan." We have been given God's 
mighty power and the full armor of 
God (Eph. 6). What Paul is really 
saying here. Moderator McCann 
claimed, is "that we are to put on 
Christ, we are to surround ourselves, 
to clothe ourselves with the very 



presence of Jesus Christ, God's Son." 
Christians ought to be like a mighty 
army shaking the gates of Hell and 
saying, "Satan, we are in a battle and 
we are going to win!" the new moder- 
ator said. Then he asked, "Is The 
Brethren Church scarring anybody 
today?" His answer: "I think not." 

Rev. McCann concluded by empha- 
sizing the tremendous importance of 
prayer in this spiritual battle. He wants 
prayer to be one of the primary 
focuses in The Brethren Church this 
year. "Brethren, we need to be a pray- 
ing people . . .," he said. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Brethren Men of Mission 

Ways to rebuild the men's organiza- 
tion in The Brethren Church was a 
major focus of the Brethren Men of 
Mission (BMOM) sessions at General 
Conference. 

In his address to the men, BMOM 
President Kenneth Van Duyne con- 
fessed his personal struggle with the 
present state of the organization. He 
called upon the men to evaluate 
whether local men's groups are valu- 
able in helping them exercise their 
gifts in an accountable way, and if so, 
to rebuild those groups from the grass- 
roots in order to better support the na- 
tional Men of Mission effort. 

In order to provide more input into 
the organization and into the planning 
for next year's Conference, the men 
voted to set aside their bylaws regard- 
ing election of officers for one year 
and to elect an executive committee 
that would organize within itself. Four 
men — Dean Hess, Richard Hutchinson, 
Curt Hamel, and DeWayne Lusch — 
were elected to serve with five mem- 
bers of the 90-91 executive committee 
— Ken Van Duyne, Dorman Ronk, Grene 
Geaslen, Bruce Gorrell, and Stan Gen- 
tle — and the district representatives 
(Lynn Brown, Louis Finks, Don Huse, 
Richard Hutchinson, John Rieger, Bill 
Shultz, Dan Tkacz, and Paul Yoder) as 
the 91-92 executive committee. 
Other business items: 




Auxiliary Sessions 

• The amount of interest to be set aside 
for Brethren Construction Ministry 
projects in future years was set at 
$2,000, with the balance of interest 
earned to revert to the general fund. 
For this year, interest income of 
$3,579.15 was designated as follows: 
$1,500 each for the Smoky Row 
Brethren Church and the Garber 
Brethren Church, with the remaining 
$579.15 to go into the general fund. 

'The 1991 BMOM Ashland Theolog- 
ical Seminary Scholarship of $1,000 
was awarded to Matt Hamel, a mem- 
ber of the Johnstown II Brethren 
Church, who is entering ATS this fall. 

Other items on the BMOM 
program during the week included: 

> A Habitat for Humanity video entitled 
"The Excitement is Growing," ex- 
plaining the ministry of this volunteer 
organization, which builds housing for 
the poor. Vice-president Dorman 
Ronk, who is active in the Ashland 
County chapter of Habitat, pointed out 
that this is a ministry that local BMOM 
groups can participate in as a work 
project. 

'A message by Dr. Michael Gleason, 
Director of Religious Life for Ashland 
University, who shared his concern for 
the spiritual welfare of AU students. 
He also explained the Men of Mission 
"Grand Challenge," in which a local 
BMOM group sponsors an AU pre- 
seminary student financial ($ 1 ,000 per 
year) and by giving encouragement 

Author Nellie Pickard 
(shown here, left, during an 
autograph session following 
the event) was the speaker 
at the W.M.S. Luncheon 
held on Wednesday of Con- 
ference. She presented inter- 
esting experiences of shar- 
ing her faith and dLscipling 
new Christians. She chal- 
lenged the women to use 
every opportunity to share 
their faith. "God gives the 
increase, if we will just 
share our faith, " she said. 

Extensive coverage of the 
W. M. S. Conference sessions 
are included in the Woman's 
Outlook Newsletter in the 
center of this issue. 

Photo by Gwen Stuart. 



General Conference Report 



and opportunities for ministry. 
•A memorial service honoring Breth- 
ren men who died during the past year, 
led by Virgil Bamhart. 

• The Men's Picnic, held this year at the 
Garber Brethren Church and attended 
by about 150 pastors and laymen. 

National Assn. of Elders 

Rev. Gene Eckerley, president of the 
National Association of Brethren 
Church Elders, began the associations 
Conference sessions by presenting "A 
Challenge to Pastors." Using I Peter 
5:1-4 as his text, he challenged the 
elders to (1) Be shepherds — feed the 
flock by discerning the word of God 
and declaring it; (2) Be overseers; (3) 
Be servants — formerly pastors were 
servants and highly respected; now 
many are professionals with little 
respect; (4) Be examples, for churches 
tend to take on a personality similar to 
that of the pastor. 

Rev. Eckerley concluded with three 
specific recommendations for the as- 
sociation: that it (1) develop a means 
to search scriptures and decide issues 
of faith and practice; (2) develop a net- 
work for sharing think papers and in- 
sights into scripture; (3) continue to 
promote continuing education. 
The elders also: 

• Heard plans for the 1992 Pastors' Con- 
ference, to be held February 4-6 in 
Florida. 

•Decided to continue studying for 
another year the matter of the ordina- 
tion of divorced persons. Elders Arden 
Gilmer, Dale Stoffer, and Brian Moore 
were appointed to provide direction 
and input for this study. 

•Voted to retain the same officers: 
Gene Eckerley, pres.; Ronald L. 
Waters, vice-pres.; Gerald Barr, sec./ 
treas.; Dan Lawson, asst. sec./treas. 

• Memorials were presented for the late 
Elder Austin Gable, who was remem- 
bered as a man who loved people and 
as a real man of God; and for Elder W. 
St. Clair Benshoff (who died on Mon- 
day of Conference week, who was 
remembered for his great sense of 
humor, as an encourager, as a man of 
great faithfulness, and as one loved by 
the Brethren. 



September 1991 



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General Conference Report 

The 1991 Brethren Youth Convention 

Christians In Action (james 2:18) 



The 1991 Brethren Youth in Christ 
Convention was held August 5-9, 
1991, on the Mt. Vernon Nazarene 
College campus in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. 

Before leaving Ashland on Monday 
evening, the youth joined the adults in 
the opening Worship Celebration of 
Conference, after which they were 
given a rousing send-off by the adults. 
Upon their arrival at Mt. Vernon, they 
unloaded the buses, then headed to the 
gym for some get-acquainted activities 
at the opening KICK-OFF. 

The following morning, and each 
day for the rest of the week, they were 
awakened with a Rise-n-Shine service 
— a time of singing uplifting praise 
songs and listening to a brief devotion- 
al to get them started for the day. 

A "Walk Thru the Bible" provided 
the major learning experience for the 
week. They enjoyed six hours Tuesday 
and Wednesday of "walking" through 
the Old Testament. What an exciting 
way to review the Old Testament! 

The main events Tuesday evening 
were a worship service and the Brian 
White concert. Both ministered to the 
youth and challenged them to be 
"Christians In Action." 

Recreation was held each afternoon, 
but on Wednesday afternoon it took a 




Members of the BYIC Steering Committee for 1991-92 are {I. to r.) Karen Robins, 
Tucson, Ariz.; Kurt Stout, Burlington, Ind; Stacy Oligee, West Alexandria, Ohio; Brent 
Grimm, Milford, Ind.; Eric Bargerhuff, Mexico, Ind.; and Troy Cummins, Bryan, Ohio. 

little different form! On that day the 
youth were divided into five teams and 
participated in a "Mess-o-rama." Shav- 



ing cream, flour, water, and eggs were 
just a few of the materials used. 

On Wednesday evening, the Crusad- 
er Interns and Summer Crusaders told 
about some of their summer experi- 
ences. The annual Coffeehouse fol- 
lowed, and Brethren Youth again dem- 
onstrated that they are a very talented 
group. 

The Faith in Action Award was pre- 
sented during the Coffeehouse to the 
Sarver BYIC. Other participants in this 



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Manchester, Tucson, and Bethlehem. 

An informational session was held 
on Thursday morning following Rise- 
n-Shine. This was the "business" ses- 
sion for the week. The youth met in 
caucuses to collect monies for the 
1991 project (Brethren Student Aid) 
and to make nominations for the Steer- 
ing Committee. 

On Thursday afternoon, various 
Ministry Opportunity sessions were 
held. Youth attended three sessions of 
their choice to learn about "ministry 
opportunities" both for now and the 
future. The sessions 
included missions, 
pastoral/school/semi- 
nary options, crusad- 
ers, outreach/evan- 
gelism, music, and 
Christian Education/ 
youth. A session for 
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held at the same time. 
The day concluded 
with an evening wor- 
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for worship and to 
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The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Burlington Church Honors Edith Rodkey 
For Her Many Years of Christian Service 



Burlington, Ind. — Edith Rodkey was 
honored May 5 by the Board of Educa- 
tion of the BurHngton First Brethren 
Church for her many years of service to 
the Lord and His church. 

During the worship service, Edith 
and Russell, her husband of 52 years, 
were called to the front of the sanctuary, 
where she was presented a corsage and 
he a boutonniere. During the service, 
many in the congregation stood and told 
what Mrs. Rodkey had done for them 
over the years. Kurt Stout preached the 
sermon, and at the end sang the song 
"Thank You" by Ray Boltz. 

Mrs. Rodkey became a member of The 
Brethren Church on November 14, 
1938. Since that time she has served in 
many different ways. In 1941 she was 
on a committee to choose and purchase 
new hjrmn books. In January 1944 she 
became superintendent of the primary 
department, a position she was to fill all 
but five years until 1972. When the 
church purchased a new organ in 1948, 
she was elected organist, and she served 
as church pianist and organist for 34 
years. She was also choir director for 



many years, and helped the 
children's choir, other singing 
groups, and assisted with the 
children's Christmas programs. 
She also gave piano lessons to 
many of the children of the con- 
gregation and encouraged the 
development of musical talent in 
the church. 

In addition to her involvement 
in the music of the church, Mrs. 
Rodkey was active in Christian 
education. She taught Sunday 
school for many years and for a 
few years was in charge of junior 
church, which she still helps with 
at times. She was also director of 
vacation Bible school for a num- 
ber of years. 

But perhaps it was for her in- 
volvement in the Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society that she is best 
know. She was active in the local 
society, serving for a time as its 
president. In addition, she was presi- 
dent of National W.M.S. from 1952 to 
1967. 

Mrs. Rodkey 's favorite song is "Vic- 




Edith 



and Russell Rodkey with cakes baked in her honor. 

tory in Jesus." Her life has certainly 
been one of victorious service for her 
Lord and the church. 

— reported by Donna Shirar 



Mitchell Funkhouser Ordained a Brethren Elder 
In August 11th Service at Warsaw First Brethren 

Warsaw, Ind. — Mitchell Funkhouser 
was ordained an elder in The Brethren 
Church and his wife, Karen, was con- 
secrated the wife of an elder in a service 
held Sunday afternoon, August 11, at 
the Warsaw First Brethren Church, 
where Rev. Funkhouser is the pastor. 

Rev. David Stone, pastor of the 
Bloomingdale, Fla., Brethren Church, 
led the service. Rev. Kenneth Sullivan, 
pastor of the Milledgeville, 111., Breth- 
ren Church, presented a message en- 
titled "The Heart of a Pastor." Other 
Brethren elders participating were Rev. 
Ken Hunn and Indiana District Elder 
Rev. Gene Eckerley. 

Special music was presented by 
David Yurek, brother-in-law of the new 
elder; and by David Overdorf, who was 
accompanied by his wife, Shari. Susan 
Howell, organist for the Warsaw 
Church, played the prelude and accom- 
panied the hjmans. 

Mitchell Funkhouser was bom Oc- 
tober 20, 1960, in Winchester, Va., the 
oldest of three children of Wayne and 
Bea Funkhouser. His family later 

September 1991 




Rev. Mitchell Funkhouser (I.) with ordina- 
tion service speaker Rev. Kenneth Sullivan. 

moved to Sarasota, Fla., where they be- 
came members of the Sarasota First 
Brethren Church. Mitch attended Oral 
Roberts University, from which he 



received a B.A. degree in theological 
and historical studies in 1982; and Ash- 
land Theological Seminary, which 
granted him an M.A. degree in pastoral 
psychology and counseling in 1985. 

Mitch served as a Crusader Intern at 
the Milledgeville Brethren Church in 
the summer of 1982. From 1984 to 1987 
he served as youth pastor at Park Street 
Brethren Church in Ashland, and from 
1985 to 1987 he served on a part-time 
basis as National Youth Director for the 
Board of Christian Education of The 
Brethren Church. He has served the 
Warsaw First Brethren Church since 
1988, first as associate pastor and cur- 
rently as senior pastor. 

On May 26, 1990, Mitch was married 
to Karen Christopher, daughter of Bill 
and Marilyn Christopher of Rochester, 
N.Y. 

— reported by Rebecca Nibert, sec. 

We cannot decide whether or not we 
will live or die; we can only decide what 
we will die for. 

— Bob Pierce 
The only Christianity that can do any- 
thing for us is a Cliristianity that makes 
us want to do something for others. 

— John McDowell 

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UPDATE 



Kenneth and Carolyn Solomon Commissioned 
For Missionary Service in Colombia, S. America 



Sarasota, Fla. — Rev. Kenneth and 
Carolyn Solomon were commissioned 
for missionary service in Colombia, 
South America, during the morning 
worship service on July 7 at the Sarasota 
First Brethren Church. 

Rev. James Black, executive director 
of the Missionary Board of The Breth- 
ren Church, spoke on "Bare Feet and 
Burning Bush" (Exodus 3) during the 
service. Others participating in the serv- 
ice and assisting in the laying on of 
hands for the Solomons were Rev. 
Daniel Gray, pastor of the Sarasota con- 
gregation; Rev. K. Prasanth Kumar, 
director of the Brethren Mission in 
India; Rev. Ernest Bearinger, father of 
Mrs. Solomon; Dr. J.D. Hamel, pastor 
emeritus of the Sarasota Church; and 
Rev. Joel Solomon, son of Rev. Ken 
Solomon. 

Rev. Solomon is not new to mission- 
ary service, having served as a Brethren 
Missionary in Argentina from 1958 to 
1973 and in Colombia from 1973 to 
1981. In 1981 he took a leave of absence 
from foreign mission work and moved to 
Sarasota, where he became evan- 




Kenneth and Carolyn Solomon 

gelismi/mission pastor at First 
Brethren, with his primary ministry to 
Hispanics in the community. 

He served in this capacity for seven 
years, after which Rev. Daniel Rosales 
assumed responsibilities as pastor of 
the Hispanic congregation and Rev. 
Solomon became associate pastor to Dr. 
J.D. Hamel. He continued in this posi- 
tion after Dr. Hamel's retirement. 



during the interim pastorate of Rev. W. 
St. Clair Benshoff, and into the pas- 
torate of Rev. Daniel Gray. According to 
Pastor Gray, Rev. Solomon "had a suc- 
cessful ministry serving God and the 
people of the church. He is loved by all." 

Carol3m, who became Mrs. Solomon 
on October 9, 1988, served the Sarasota 
Brethren Church in various capacities 
— as children's teacher, director of the 
C.E. program for many years, member 
of the Executive Council, and for the 
last twelve years as church organist. 
According to Pastor Gray, she "is a dedi- 
cated, hard worker with one objective — 
to be faithful to God." She has been 
sensitive to God's call to mission work 
for many years and is now realizing that 
goal. 

A carry-in meal in honor of the 
Solomons was held following the wor- 
ship service. They were presented many 
gifts of appreciation by individuals, 
classes, organizations, and the church. 

In addition to the commissioning ser- 
vice at Sarasota, the Solomons were 
also commissioned during the Thursday 
evening service at General Conference. 

On August 24 the Solomons flew to 
Costa Rica, where they will spend three 
months in Spanish studies before 
traveling on to Colombia. 

— reported by Rev. Dan Gray 



Curt Nies Ordained a Brethren Elder June 9th 
At the Falls City, Nebr., First Brethren Church 



Falls City, Nebr. — Curt Nies was 
ordained an elder in The Brethren 
Church and his wife, Marsha, was con- 
secrated the wife of an elder at a service 
held June 9 at the Falls City First 
Brethren Church, where Rev. Nies 
serves as pastor. 

Elder Henry Wilson, 
pastor of the Milmine, 
111., Brethren Church, 
preached the ordination 
message. Other Breth- 
ren pastors participating 
in the serv ice were Reilly 
Smith (Mulvane, Kans.), 
Harold Walton (Ft. Scott, 
Kans.), Dennis Sigle 
(Derby, Kans.), and Bruce 
Foster (Highland, Mari- 
anna, Pa.). Gene Killings- 
worth, moderator of the 
Falls City Church, read 
the action of the congrega- 
tion calling for Pastor 
Nies' ordination. 

Several special num- 
bers were presented dur- 
ing the service. The 
church choir sang "Each 



Step I Take"; Evangelist Dave Lockard 
of Stella, Nebr., sang "Working Hard for 
Jesus"; and Marsha Nies presented two 
numbers — "My House is Full" and 
"Find Us Faithful." 

Pastor Nies is a graduate of Trinity 




Rev. and Mrs. Curt Nies (front row) with ordination service 
participants (I. to r.) Bruce Foster, Rev. Henry Wilson, Falls City 
moderator Gene Killingsworth, Rev. Dennis Sigle, Rev. Reilly 
Smith, and Rev. Harold Walton. 



Bible Institution in Ellendale, N. Dak. 
(1974), and of North Central Bible Col- 
lege in Minneapolis, Minn. (B.S. in 
Theology in 1977). He was previously 
ordained in the Assemblies of God in 
1979 and served congregations in that 
denomination in Mountain Lake, 
Minn., Sturgis, S. Dak., and Falls City, 
Nebr. He began pastoring the Falls City 
First Brethren Church on an interim 
basis in 1987. 

Pastor and Mrs. Nies (the former 
Marsha Lee) were married September 
10, 1977. Marsha's parents are Rev. and 
Mrs. Everret Lee, currently of Tay- 
lorsville, Ky. The daughter of an 
Assemblies of God pastor, Marsha was 
bom in Beloit, Kans., but grew up in 
Illinois and Iowa. 

Pastor and Mrs. Nies have three 
children, Jonathan (10), Candace (6), 
and Nathan (3), and are the foster 
parents of twins, which they have had 
since February 1990. 

Following the ordination service, the 
Falls City congregation hosted a recep- 
tion in honor of the new elder and his 
family. 

— reported by Ann Rieger, cor. sec. 

He who prays as he ought will en- 
deavor to live as he prays. 

— John Owen 



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The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



Midwest District Conference Meets for 
Business, Inspiration, and Fellowship 



Cheyenne, Wyo. — More than 50 
adults, youth, and children from four 
Brethren churches in Kansas and 
Nebraska trekked over 500 miles in late 
June to Wyoming to attend the annual 
Midwest District Conference June 28- 
30 and to enjoy a time of close fellow- 
ship with their brothers and sisters in 
the Cheyenne Brethren Church. 

Layman John Wehrman of the Derby 
Brethren Church moderated the confer- 
ence. In his moderator's address, he 
made several recommendations, includ- 
ing: that district churches help keep the 
moderator informed of events and ac- 
tivities and that they mail the mod- 
erator their church newsletters; that 
the district consider budgeting more 
money for moderator travel within the 
district and to General Conference; that 
local chiirches publish the district of- 
ficers in their local church directories; 
and that lay people accept more respon- 
sibility in their churches, freeing their 
pastors for ministering God's word. 

The major business decision of the 
conference was to begin the process of 
planting a new Brethren church. 
Delegates designated $2,500 for an ini- 
tial demographic study of the Denver, 
Colorado, area and for travel expenses 
for district mission board members. 
This action looks to the fulfillment of a 



long-term district dream of a chvirch in 
closer proximity to Cheyenne. 

John Allison of Derby was installed as 
the new district moderator. Other of- 
ficers elected included Sue Hurd, m.od- 
erator-elect; Cindy Smith, secretary; 
Marilyn Minor, treasurer; Carolyn 
Tucker, assistant secretary/treasurer; 
Emery Hurd, "Salt N Light" editor (the 
district newsletter); and Reilly Smith, 
supervising elder. 

In addition to the moderator's ad- 
dress, messages were presented by Rev. 
Harold Walton, newest pastor in the 
district; Rev. Jeimes R. Black, Mission- 
ary Board; and Rev. K. Prasanth Kumar, 
missionary to India. Host pastor Emery 
Hurd led over 90 adults and youth in the 
annual Communion service. 

During the conference, special music 
was provided by "One Voice" from Mul- 
vane and the Crusader team "Seekers of 
His Heart." The Crusaders also led a 
district choir in singing the outreach 
musical, "Let Them Know," as part of 
the Sunday worship service. 

Sumptuous meals were provided by 
the members of the Cheyenne Brethren 
Church, including a full meal for Com- 
munion. 

A unique featvire of the conference 
was an impromptu testimony by George 
Yellow Eyes, a member of the Sioux 



Indian tribe and a descendant of Crazy 
Horse. He had been led to faith in Christ 
in the local bus station just before the 
conference by Mary White, a member of 
the Cheyenne Church. 

In personal conversation, Mrs. White 
reported that this was the first time she 
had opportunity to lead another adult to 
salvation. "I've led children to the Lord 
in my Sunday school classes, but this is 
the first adult." She had noticed that 
Yellow Eyes seemed troubled and took 
the initiative to speak to him, leading to 
his conversion. 

Twenty-eight district youth (in addi- 
tion to Crusaders and youth advisors) 
participated in a concurrent youth con- 
ference at a nearby college. 

The 1992 district conference is sched- 
uled for June 26-28 at Fort Scott, Kans. 
— Ronald W. Waters 



The Midwest District Men of Mis- 
sion also held sessions during the 
district conference. President John 
Rieger reports that the Men of Mis- 
sion had two excellent speakers for 
their sessions, Ronald W. Waters, 
Director of Brethren Church Minis- 
tries, and Rev. K. Prasanth Kumar, 
director of the Brethren Mission in 
India. Rev. Waters gave the men an 
update on the work of The Brethren 
Church at the denominational level. 
Rev. Kumar told about the mission 
work in India, its needs, and how the 
Men of Mission can help. 



Bryan Karchner Ordained to Brethren Eldership 
On July 28th at the Jefferson Brethren Church 



Goshen, Ind. — Bryan G. Karchner 
was ordained an elder in The Brethren 
Church and his wife, Linda, was con- 
secrated as the wife of an elder in a 
special service held Sunday, July 28, at 
the Jefferson Brethren Church, where 
Rev. Karchner serves as an associate 
pastor. 

Dr. Jerry Flora, professor of New Tes- 
tament theology at Ashland Theological 
Seminary, gave the message for the serv- 
ice. Also participating in the service 
were Rev. Gene Eckerley, the Indiana 
District Elder, and Rev. Kerry Scott, 
senior pastor of the Jefferson Church. 
Mr. Mark Gaut, youth pastor of the 
Winding Waters Brethren Church, pre- 
sented special music. 

Bryan was bom December 8, 1961, in 
Fountain Hill, Pa., the son of George 
and Genevive Karchner. He attended 
Southern Lehigh High School, 
Pinebrook Junior College, and the Mil- 
lersville University of Pennsylvania, 

September 1991 



receiving a B.S. in Education degree 
from the last named in 1983. 

He taught school for one year, then 




Rev. and Mrs. Bryan Karchner 



entered Ashland Theological Seminary, 
from which he received an M.A. degree 
in pastoral psychology and counseling 
in 1986 and a M.Div. degree in 1987. 
While in seminary he served as a youth 
pastor for First Presbyterian Church of 
Mansfield and as a resident counselor 
for Choice Place in Ashland, a group 
home for delinquent teens. 

Rev. Karchner has been on staff at the 
Jefferson Brethren Church since 
February 1, 1988, working primarily in 
the areas of children and youth minis- 
tries. His ordination follows a three- 
year licensing period. 

On May 28, 1988, Bryan was married 
to Linda A. Clifton, daughter of Williami 
and Ruth Clifton of Portsmouth, Ohio. 

Have you ever felt the joy of winning 
a soul to Christ? I tell you there is no joy 
this side of heaven which excels it — the 
grasp of the hand of one who says, "By 
your means I was turned from darkness 
to light." — C.H. Spurgeon 

The Church that, in its passion for 
others, forgets itself will, in that forget- 
fulness, find itself. — W.H.P. Faunce 

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UPDATE 




In Memory 

Rev. William St. Clair Benshoff, 77, 

August 5. Rev. Benshoff was bom April 21, 
1914, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Rev. 
William and 
Blanche St. 
Clair Ben- 
shoff. He 
graduated 
from Waynes- 
boro, Pa., 
High School 
and was a 
1939 graduate 
of Ashland 
College. He 
had planned to 
attend Ash- 
land Semi- 
nary, but was 
prevailed 

upon by denominational leaders to begin serving 
one of the several churches left without a pastor 
by the denominational split. 

He pastored Brethren churches in Milledge- 
ville. 111.; Vinco and Meyersdale (Main St.), Pa.; 
Glenford and Williamstown, Ohio; Hagerstown, 
Md.; Wabash (College Comer), Muncie, and 
Nappanee, Ind. From 1953 to 1963 he was editor 
of The Brethren Evangelist, The Brethren 
Bible Class Quarterly and the Brethren Youth 
Quarterly. He served on the Ashland College 
tmstce board (42-46), the Missionary Board (63- 
73, president for 3 years), and the Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company board (73-82, president 76- 
82). He was General Conference moderator in 1967. 

He was married May 30, 1940, to Pauline E. 
Weaver, who survives. They were the parents of 
three sons, James and John, both of Ashland, and 
David, pastor of the Burlington, Ind., First 
Brethren Church. St. Clair and Polly provided a 
musical ministry on the organ and piano that 
brought blessing to many. 

Rev. Benshoff retired from the full-time min- 
istry in 1983 but continued to provide valuable 
service to The Brethren Church as an interim 
pastor. From 1983 to 1990 he served six congre- 
gations from Florida to Ohio and Indiana in this 
way. At the time of his death he was finding great 
joy in serving a seventh — the Berlin, Pa., Breth- 
ren Church, where, as a boy during the pastorate 
of his father, he had delighted in watching the 
construction of the present church building. 
Catherine Louise Miller, 67, August 5. Member 
for many years of the Loree Brethren Church, 
where she was a deaconess and faithful member 
of the W.M.S. She also served as Indiana District 
SisterhcxKl patroness for several years. Services 
by Pastor Claude Stogsdill. 
Everett E. Miller, 94, August 4. Faithful long- 
time member of the New Paris Brethren Church. 
He served for many years on the national Mis- 
sionary Board of the Brethren Church and was 
made an honorary life member. He also served on 
the board of directors of the Brethren Retreat of 
Shipshewana. Services by Rev. Robert Bischof. 
James O. Mummert, 67, August 1. Member of 
the Flora First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Alvin Grumbling. 

Emma Jean Shifflett, 53, August 1. Member for 
29 years of the Mount Olive Brethren Church. 
Services by Pastor Fred Miller and Dr. Alvin 
Shifnett. 



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Mrs. Jennie V. BIus, 72, July 21. Member for 
27 years of the Sarasota First Brethren Church, 
where she served as Sunday school and Bible 
teacher and was a W.M.S. member and officer. 
Services by Pastor Emeritus Dr. J.D. Hamel. 
Myrtle Neff, 78, July 16. Member for 34 years 
of the St. James Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Brian Moore. 

Charles R. Ruppel, 76, July 1. Attended the 
North Manchester First Brethren Church. Serv- 
ices by Pastors Marlin McCann and Woodrow 
Immel. 

Emerson M. Miller, 83, June 30. Faithful mem- 
ber for 65 years of the Loree Brethren Church. 
Services by Pastor Claude Stogsdill and Rev. 
William Shewman. 

Albert Ellsworth Smith, Jr., 86, June 22. Mem- 
ber of the Bethlehem Brethren Church. Services 
by Rev. Carroll Goodridge and Father Richard 
Albamonti. 

Orval Long, 85, June 12. Member of the Tiosa 
Brethren Church and faithfully attended the 
Papago Park Brethren Church. Services by Rev. 
Francis Berkshire. 

Eunice Mary Knicely, 91, June 2. Friend of the 
Bethlehem Brethren Church. Services by Pastor 
Patrick R. Velanzon, Jr. 

Merrill Staller, 68, May 9. Attended the Corinth 
Brethren Church. Services by Rev. Bright Hanna 
and Pastor William Brady. 

Goldenaires 

Frank and Irene Fogel, 50th, September 14. 
Members of the Milledgeville Brethren Church. 
Maurice and Maxine Bargerhuff, 55th, Sep- 
tember 6. Members of the Loree Brethren Church. 
Ed and Spina Vignali, 55th, August 17. Mem- 
bers of the Masontown Brethren Church. 
Tony and Dot Deibert, 50th, August 16. Mem- 
bers of the St. James Brethren Church. 



Robert and Lillian Thorngren, 50th, August 9. 
Members of the Milledgeville Brethren Church. 
Everette and Irma Rodgers, 50th, July 26. 
Members of the Mount Olive Brethren Church. 
Richard and Lorraine Murray, 50th, July 13. 
Members of the St. James Brethren Church. 
Ralph and Ruth Lamb, 50th, July 4. Members 
of the Muncie First Brethren Church. 
Royce and Ruth Gates, 55th, June 28. Members 
of the Ashland Park Street Brethren Church. 
Orville and Maxine Macy, 50th, June 28. Mem- 
bers of the Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church. 

Weddings 

Dawn Householder to Joseph GrifTith, July 1 3, 
at the St. James Brethren Church; Pastor Brian 
H. Moore officiating. Groom a member of the St. 
James Brethren Church. 

Staci Parker to Tracey Powell, July 1 3, at the 
Loree Brethren Church; Pastor Claude Stogsdill 
officiating. Bride a member of the Loree Breth- 
ren Church. 

Kathleen Erbsen to Bob Opperman, June 29, 
at the Lanark First Brethren Church; Pastor Tom 
Schiefer officiating. Bride a member of the 
Lanark First Brethren Church. 
Vanessa Lynn Oburn to Ryan Russell Gor- 
don, June 29, at the Pleasant Hill First Brethren 
Church; Rev. Russell Gordon, grotim's father, 
and Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff officiating. Bride 
a member at Pleasant Hill; groom a member and 
youth pastor of the Milledgeville Brethren Church. 
Shelly Baylor to Jim Parks, June 15, at the 
Milledgeville Brethren Church; Pastor Ken Sul- 
livan officiating. Members of the Milledgeville 
Brethren Church. 

Shelly Lundy Manthei to Jerry Ludwig, June 
15, at the Lanark First Brethren Church; Pastor 
Tom Schiefer officiating. Bride a member of the 
Lanark First Brethren Church. 



Rev. and Mrs. John T. Byler 
Celebrate 50th Anniversary 

Rev. and Mrs. John T. (Lois) Byler cele- 
brated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sep- 
tember 1. 

A family celebration 
was held the weekend of 
July 26-28, when all four 
of their children and their 
children's spouses and 
most of their 12 grand- 
children were present. 
The Louisville, Ohio, 
First Brethren Church 
also surprised the Bylers 
with a celebration dinner 
in their honor on Sunday, 
August 25. 

Rev. Byler served for 
approximately 40 years as 
pastor to Brethren con- 
gregations in Louisville 
and New Lebanon, Ohio; 
South Bend, Ind.; and 
Canton, Ohio. Mrs. Byler 
spent 26 of those years as 
a school teacher, in addi- 
tion to being an actively 



involved pastor's wife and mother. 

The Bylers presently live at 1615 W. Main 
St., Louisville, Ohio 44641, where they 
remain active members of the Louisville First 
Brethren Church. 




Rev. John and Lois Byler with their four daughters and daughters' 
husbaruls: (]st row, I. to r.) John and Lois with Joyce Brownsberger; 
(2nd row) A.F. Capt. Bruce andJeannie Judisch, Joanne Shupp, and Rev. 
John Brownsberger: (3rd row) John and Judy Haenes, and John Shupp. 

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Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children cotne to tne, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven** (Matt. 19:14). 




Do you ever want to explore strange places, meet new people, and do things that 
are wild and wonderful? People are often drawn to exciting things. Excitement makes 
our hearts beat faster and our minds whirl. It's a feeling like being on a roller coaster or 
a spinning merry-go-round. 

Lots of jobs have exciting parts. You could be an astronaut, a scientist, a baseball 
player, or a missionary. But in every job, even in the most exciting, there is always a 
borin g part. 

Maybe you're thinking, "No way!" But it's true. Astronauts and baseball players 
practice long hours to sharpen their skills. Scientists try many experiments that fail before 
they finally succeed. Missionaries spend years studying the language and culture of the 
people they serve. But all these boring parts are a necessary part of the whole. Without 
the boring parts, the exciting parts wouldn't happen. 

Can you imagine watching a baseball game where no one had spent any time 
practicing beforehand? Television programs tend to show only the exciting parts of 
people's lives and brainwash us into thinking that life should ALWAYS be exciting. 

In the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament, the writer says, "For everything 
there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." Take a few minutes and 
read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. 

Just as there are seasons on earth, there are seasons in our lives as well. There 
are times for exciting wonder and newness, like spring and summer. But there are also 
times for the boring and dreary, like winter, when nature loses its greenness and much 
of its activity stops. But God has a purpose for both kinds of times in our lives. 

In the book of Exodus, we read that Moses went to the top of Mount Sinai where he 
spent time with God. How exciting! How wonderful! I'm sure it was very hard for him to 
leave. But God commanded him to "Go down." God had work for Moses to do — hard 
work — and it wasn't going to be easy or exciting. But both the exciting and the boring 
in Moses' life were a part of God's whole plan. 

Do you get discouraged when you are bored? Don't fight those boring times. Don't 
waste time complaining. Use those boring times to work hard, to be creative, to think, 
and to pray. Find a way to appreciate those times as part of a whole gift from God. Boring 
parts are an important part, even when it's hard for us to understand. 



September 1991 25 



Ministry of Disciplestiip 

Showing the Faith 
Through the Ministry of Discipleship 



By Ronald W. Waters 
Director of Brethren Church Ministries 



SOMETIMES we link a Con- 
ference theme such as "Show 
the Faith" with evangelism — 
and rightly so. As we show the 
faith through our words and our 
deeds, we would expect people to 
accept Jesus Christ as their sav- 
ing Lord. 

But evangelism (and showing 
the faith) do not end at conver- 
sion. In fact, conversion without 
discipleship is neither biblical nor 
Brethren. Jesus' command is to 
"go and make disciples" (Matt. 
28:19, NIV). Henry Holsinger 
summed it up in his familiar 
phrase, "Seek to know the Lord, 
and practice what you know." 
True faith is faith that shows it- 
self in daily living. 

The Ministry of Discipleship of 
The Brethren Church exists to 
help local churches and individ- 
ual believers fulfill their ministry 
of discipleship. Three commis- 
sions focus attention in this area. 

Education and Leadership 

Purpose: To develop Christian 
commitment and spiritual forma- 
tion among all Brethren through 
education, discipleship, nurture, 
and challenge to respond to God's 
call to leadership and ministry. 

This new commission combines 
the purposes of two previous com- 
missions — Leadership Develop- 
ment and Christian Education. 
The new commission, chaired by 
Linda Barr of Sarver, Pa., will 
use task forces to give leadership 
in a broad range of ministries. 
Some of the task forces presently 
working include: 

Teacher training — A self- 



guided training packet has been 
written by Mary Ellen Drushal, 
Cindy Koontz, and Jan Eagle. The 
packet includes a self-evaluation 
questionnaire to be completed by 
each teacher to help hinVher dis- 
cover strengths and weaknesses. 
After completing the question- 
naire, the teacher will study one 
of three age-level resource tools 
for personal growth. Each church 
will be receiving a complimen- 
tary, reproducible copy of the 
training packet this fall. 

Senior adult ministry — Glenn 
Black is leading the Goshen First 
Brethren Church in a pilot pro- 
gram. The goal is to find ways to 
combine fellowship among senior 
m^embers with ministry to one 
another and to others, drawing 
on their wisdom and experience. 

Youth ministry — The Youth 
Ministry Task Force now over- 
sees both the National Brethren 
Youth in Christ and its steering 
committee as well as the Cru- 
sader Program. The task force is 
also working with district boards 
of Christian education in imple- 
menting the selection of district 
youth ministry associates, as 
recommended by 1990 moderator 
Dr. Mary Ellen Drushal. Linda 
Barr will serve the Pennsylvania 
District in this role beginning 
this fall. 

Short-term ministries — This 
task force is encouraging churches 
and/or districts to offer short- 
term ministry trips and will offer 
assistance to groups desiring to 
do so. Task force member Tim 
Eagle has written a handbook 
that will be produced this fall for 



distribution to interested churches. 
The task force also hopes to offer 
a trip in 1992 open to all Brethren. 

Stewardship 

Purpose: To provide education 
and guidelines in all areas of 
biblical stewardship. 

When we think of stewardship, 
the first thing that comes to mind 
is usually money. But biblical 
stewardship relates to how we 
handle all the resources and pos- 
sessions God has entrusted to us. 

So the commission is working 
in many areas of stewardship, in- 
cluding, but not limited to, finan- 
cial giving. Following are some of 
the accomplishments of this com- 
mission during the past year: 

Resource list — Commission 
member Larry Baker completed a 
newly-revised stewardship re- 
sources list, which was available 
at General Conference. The six- 
page list is an annotated bibliog- 
raphy of resources in the areas of 
personal stewardship and finances, 
children and youth materials, 
estate planning, spiritual gifts, 
time management, and church 
stewardship emphasis resources. 
For a complimentary copy, send a 
stamped, self-addressed envelope 
to Stewardship Resource List, 
The Brethren Church, 524 Col- 
lege Ave., Ashland, OH 44805. 

Spiritual gifts workshop — 
Commission chair Dan Lawson of 
Oakville, Ind., conducts a spir- 
itual gifts workshop for churches 
through Upon This Rock, a minis- 
try of the Oakville Brethren 
Church. The commission recom- 
mends this workshop. 



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Ministry of Discipleship 



Tithing testimonies — The com- 
mission is seeking brief personal 
testimonies from Brethren who 
have received a blessing as a re- 
sult of a comimitment to tithing 
or to other forms of stewardship. 
Selected testimonies will be pub- 
lished in The Brethren Evan- 
gelist. Testimonies should be 
sent to the commission, in care of 
the Evangelist. 

Resource persons — Both Dan 
Lawson and Larry Baker have at- 
tended stewardship seminars and 
are available to local churches as 
resource persons upon request. 

Worship 

Purpose: To inspire meaning- 
ful, appropriate worship of the 
triune God in public and in 
private. 

We often associate worship 
with what happens during the 
one hour on Sunday morning we 
commonly call "church." But 
more than that, worship should 
become a part of everyday life for 
every believer. Chair Dee Kep- 
linger of Linwood, Md., and the 
commission members seek ways 
to help us nurture our relation- 
ship with God. 

Conference worship services — 
The work of the commission is 
most visible in the worship serv- 
ices during General Conference. 
The commission selects worship 
leaders and musicians to direct 
the services. The primary pur- 
pose is to bring delegates to an 
awareness of the presence of the 
Lord through meaningful wor- 
ship. A secondary goal is to model 
worship styles that may be imple- 
mented in local churches. 

Workshops — This year during 
General Conference, the commis- 
sion hosted a workshop for wor- 
ship leaders led by Dr. Ron 
Sprunger of Ashland Theological 
Seminary. Last year, Dr. and Mrs. 



Sprunger led a similar workshop 
for pastors. 

Resources — Each year, the 
commission recommends to the 
W.M.S. literature secretary a 
book on worship for possible in- 
clusion on the reading list. This 



year the book is The Joy of Lis- 
tening to God by Joyce Huggett. 
In addition, Lynn Brady and 
Nancy Hurm are compiling lists 
of music resources and musical 
people for distribution to all 
churches. 



Other Resources 



Through the work of these 
commissions, several disciple- 
ship courses have been intro- 
duced in the past two years. 
These courses are available for 
purchase from The Brethren 
Church, 524 College Ave., Ash- 
land, OH 44805: 

Follow Him Gladly: A Breth- 
ren Course in Discipleship by 
Drs. Brenda Colijn and Dale 
Stoffer — a 13-session study for 
new and not-so-new believers, 
covering subjects such as salva- 
tion, obedience, Bible study, 
prayer, the church, and evan- 
gelism. Included is a reproduc- 
ible study guide providing daily 
study sheets for personal or 
class member use. Introductory 
price — $14.95 ($24.95 after 
September 30). 



Spiritual Formation: A Per- 
sonal Walk Toward Emmaus by 
Drs. Jerry Flora and Mary Ellen 
Drushal — a 13-session study to 
help believers nurture their 
inner lives in Christ, using Cal- 
vin Miller's The Table of In- 
wardness. $19.95. 

Theology for Life by Dr. Jerry 
Flora and Knowing the Word's 
Worth by Dr. Ben Witherington 
— the first two of six 13-session 
video studies produced jointly by 
The Brethren Church and Ash- 
land Theological Seminary. The 
courses are designed for per- 
sonal or group study and include 
a complimentary enrollment in 
the Seminary's Certificate in 
Christian Ministries program. 
$100 each ($185 each after Sep- 
tember 30). 




September 1991 



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The phrase above is famihar to viewers of pubUc television. You hear 
this catchy phrase at the beginning of nearly every program, following 
the listing of corporate supporters. 

Certainly corporate support is vital to public television. But without 
the financial support of loyal view^ers, most stations could not air the 
quality programs available. 

The same could be said for The Brethren Church. While the national office 
lacks the support of corporations, fair share support from local churches 
throughout the year covers much of the costs of our ministry. But not all 
churches provide their full fair share support. 

So v^e, too, rely on the support of "viewers" (readers) like you. Your 
gift this month to The Brethren Church will support the work of the com- 
missions of the Ministry of Discipleship . . . the continued publication of 
quality study courses designed for Brethren 
people . . . and monthly publication of The 
Brethren Evangelist. 

Please "show the faith" in a very tangible 
way this month by giving your financial sup- 
port—either through a check to your local church 
designated for "Brethren Church Ministries," or 
by a direct contribution to: 

The Brethren Church 

524 College Avenue 
Ashland, OH 44805 

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Defining Our Priorities 

Eightii in a series of articles highlighting the goals for 
local churches recommended by General Conference. 



Goal 7 — Social Responsibilities: By 

December 1, 1991, identify one unmet 
human need in your community and 
develop a plan to meet that need as a 
congregation or in cooperation with 
other churches. 

In recent decades, Brethren have 
sometimes shied away from ministering 
to social needs in our communities. Per- 
haps this attitude is a continuing re- 
action to the emphasis of some denomi- 
nations on the so-called "social gospel," 
to the exclusion of more traditional 
forms of evangelism. 

Even a casual reading of the Gospels, 
however, reveals that Jesus had an on- 
going interest in meeting human needs 
He encountered. In fact, He regularly 
encountered such needs because He was 
actively involved in the lives of people 
— not cloistered away from them. The 
New Testament epistles give evidence 
of the concern of believers in one part of 
the Roman Empire for people in other 
parts (e.g., 1 Cor. 16:3-4, 2 Cor. 8-9). 

In recent years. Brethren are returning 
to our heritage of working "for the glory 
of God and my neighbor's good." Goal 
7 is designed to encourage Brethren 
churches to minister to needs around 
them. It recognizes that the resources of 
each congregation and the needs of each 
community vary. Therefore, it challenges 
each church to identify unmet human 
needs and to implement a plan to meet 



one of them. Fulfillment of the goal 
results from starting a new ministry. 

In early 1990, a survey was conducted 
among Brethren churches of the social 
ministries in which they were involved. 
About one-third (46 out of 125) of all 
churches responded. Following are 
some of the ministries undertaken by 
these churches (numbers in parentheses 
indicate number of churches involved in 
this kind of ministry). Use this list as a 
discussion -starter for your church: 

• Hunger-related ministries — food pan- 
try (34), Meals on Wheels (10), Rescue 



Mission (9), other hunger-alleviating 
ministries (16) 

• Clothing, shelter, and medical — clothing 
room (15), home building/refurbishing 
(4), homeless shelter (9), assistance for 
transients (22), medical assistance (5) 

• Marital and family ministries — crisis 
pregnancy center (12), abortion coun- 
seling (8), support of unwed mothers 
(5), shelter for battered/abused persons 
(5), counseling (13), listening ear/ 
telephone (5) 

• Ministry to the disabled — hearing-im- 
paired (7), visually-impaired (2), access 
to facilities for physically disabled (25) 

• Other — practical assistance to elderly 
or disabled (14), prison ministry (7), 
nursing home ministry (4), mediation 
services (1), seeking justice for the op- 
pressed (2) 

Please share information on unique 
ministries of your church by sending 
a descriptive article to The Brethren 
Church, 524 College Ave., Ashland, OH 
44805. 



Brethren's Home of Indiana 
Plans Alzheimers Unit 

The Brethren's Home of Indiana, 
Inc., is now in its 68th year of serv- 
ing the elderly and frail. We have 
been serving an average of 83 resi- 
dents in the Healthcare Center and 
25 residents in the Independent 
Living Apartments. 

In the last year we have been very 
blessed to have been made beneficiary 
of estates of Brethren Church parish- 
ioners. With the bequests, we are 
planning to build a 12-bed wing for 
residents with Alzheimers disease. 

Alzheimers disease is becoming 
the predominate illness of the elder- 
ly, affecting approximately 50,000 
people in Indiana over the age of 65. 
It robs a person of his or her mem- 



ory, causes personality changes, and 
leaves many unable to care for 
themselves. Approximately four mil- 
lion people nationwide suffer from 
this disease. It is the fourth-leading 
cause of death in the United States. 

The new wing will be named the 
Rev. Austin Gable Unit in recogni- 
tion of Rev. Gable's dedication to the 
Brethren's Home. Rev. Gable served 
on the Home's board of directors for 
more than 13 years. 

The Brethren's Home continually 
attempts to identify with the needs 
of the aging population to continue 
The Brethren Church mission. 

We welcome people from any of 
the churches to stop and visit our 
campus. May all of you receive the 
Lord's blessings. 

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October 1991 
Volume 113, Number 9 



The Brethren Evangeust 

(ISSN 0747-4288) 

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Features 

"Follow Him Gladly" by Brenda B. Colijn and Dale R. Staffer 
An in-depth look at the Brethren understanding of the meaning of 
Christian discipleship. 

Christianity in Position and Practice by Clarence Stogsdill 
Being a Christian means believing the truth and then doing something 
about it. 



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Moving a Mountain (Getting the "Brethren Way of Christ" 

Off the Ground) by Warren Garner 
Background and description of the first pair of "Brethren Way of Christ" 
weekends. 

Reclaiming Wasted Years by Joan Martin 11 

God can take empty and useless lives and redeem them for His glory. 

Ministry Pages Ashland University 

True Inheritance 
The Dimensions of Our Inheritance by Joseph R. Shultz 



Passing on the Inheritance by Michael Gleason 

Our Faith — the True Inheritance by Eric Bargerhuff 



12 
13 
15 



Departments 

Defining Our Priorities 2 

by Ronald W. Waters 

Cartoon 2 

Update 16 



Children's Page 21 

by Erica Weidenhamer 

From the Grape Vine 23 



The Cover: 

To understand the significance of the cover, you will need to read "Chris- 
tianity in Position and Practice" by Rev. Clarence Stogsdill, which begins on 
page 6. (Note: Don't stop reading too soon.) And if you skip directly to page 6 
to read Rev. Stogsdill's article, don't forget to turn back to page 4 and read 
"Follow Him Gladly," by Brenda Colijn and Dale Stoffer. This is an outstand- 
ing article that every Brethren person should read. 

Update pages: 

The editor was pleased to have an abundance of news of the Brethren to 
include in this issue. Church reporters are encouraged to keep up the good 
work of reporting important events occurring in their churches and in the 
lives of the members of their congregations. 

Answers to Little Crusader Page: 

OLD AGREEMENT (Testament): Bulls and g oats were sacrificed year 
after year. 

NEW AGREEMENT (Testament): Sacrifice of Jesus " once and for all." A 
permanent Priest who was tempted but did NOT sin- God will put His law in 
our minds and write them on our hearts . 



October 1991 



''Follow Him Gladly" 



By Brenda B. Colijn and Dale R. Stoffer 



FOL- 



I. What is a 
Disciple? 

Webster 's Seventh 
New Collegiate Dic- 
tionary defines a 
disciple as "one who 
accepts and assists 
in spreading the 
doctrines of another; 
as APOSTLE; a 
convinced adherent 
of a school or individual; 
LOWER, SCHOLAR." 

The Greek word for disciple {mathetes) 
was used in philosophical contexts for a 
relationship in which pupils not only 
learned information from their master, 
but also developed their master's skills 
and even imitated their master's life and 
character.' Jesus' disciples were those 
people who followed Him (Mt. 4:19), 
who were taught by Him (Mt. 5:1-2), and 
who put their faith in Him (John 2:11). 

We can see Jesus' method of dis- 
cipleship in Mark 3:13-15. First, Jesus 
chose His disciples, and they responded 
to His call. The same thing happens 
when we become Christians: God in- 
itiates the process by choosing us, and 
we (enabled by His grace) respond to 
Him. He accomplished our salvation 
completely without our help, but we are 

^Gerhard Kittel and Gerhard Fried- 
rich, ed., Theological Dictionary of the 
New Testament: Abridged in One Vol- 
ume, edited and abridged by Geoffrey W. 
Bromiley (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 
1985), p. 555-56. 

This article is taken from lesson one 
o/ "Follow Him Gladly": A Brethren Course 
in Discipleship, a 13-session study of 
Christian discipleship suitable for adults 
and older youth, written by Dr. Brenda 
Colijn and Dr. Dale Stoffer and pub- 
lished by The Brethren Church, Inc. 

Dr. Colijn is a member of the Smoky 
Row Brethren Church, Columbus, Ohio, 
and writes computer-based training 
courses for Goal Systems International, 
Inc. Dr. Stoffer is pastor of the Smoky 
Row Brethren Church. 




responsible for living out what He has 
given us. 

Second, Jesus called the disciples "to 
him . . . that they might be with him." 
Christianity is first and foremost a 
relationship with a person: it is a life 
lived in commitment to Jesus Christ. 

Third, Jesus called the disciples as a 
group. Modem American culture, with 
its emphasis on individualism, is blind 
to the strong corporate element in dis- 
cipleship — indeed, in all of Scripture. 
Our growth as disciples must take place 
within the community of faith (Eph. 
4:11-13). 

Fourth, Jesus expected the disciples to 
obey Him. Obedience has negative con- 
notations in some Protestant and fun- 
damentalist circles because it is seen as 
works-righteousness, an act that earns 
something from God. But true obedi- 
ence is always motivated by love and 
exp)ects nothing of the master in return 
(Luke 17:7-10). As the original Greek 
word implies, discipleship is like an ap- 
prenticeship. We live with and learn 
from the Master, obeying Him and 
learning His methods, growing in skill 
and maturity, until we are able to train 
others (Mt. 28:18-20). Discipleship is 
not just book learning, but on-the-job 
training; it involves a lifelong process of 
growth. 

Finally, Jesus called the disciples 
"that he might send them out." Jesus 
called upon His disciples to serve 
others. Many of our modem churches 
have promoted a self-centered rather 
than a Christ-centered gospel. We have 
portrayed Christ as the universal prob- 
lem-solver and the church as the 



resource to meet all 
of people's needs. 

This approach, 
while not false, can 
perpetuate im- 
maturity if people 
constantly focus on 
having their needs 
met by the church. In 
practice, we discover 
that many of our 
deepest needs are 
met only as we give ourselves in service 
to Jesus and to others. Jesus identified 
the two greatest commandments as 
loving God and loving one's neighbor 
(Mt. 22:37-40). The Brethren tradition 
has always recognized love of God and 
love of neighbor as distinguishing 
marks of the Christian life. 

II. Why and How 
Should We Learn? 

Why should we learn? Jesus calls His 
disciples to leam from Him (Mt. 1 1:29). 
But many people have as their credo 
"ignorance is bliss." If life has no pur- 
pose, these people are right. In a mean- 
ingless world, there is no point in being 
concemed with truth and wisdom. But if 
God exists, and if He has revealed Him- 
self and His will, then ignorance of that 
will is not bliss, but death (Heb. 2:1-4). 
Because the stakes are so high, 
knowledge of God should be the central 
desire in our lives as it was for Paul 
(Phil. 3:10-11). 

How can we find truth? In Proverbs 
9:9-10, we are told that true wisdom 
begins when we know God in the sense 
of fearing or reverencing Him. In know- 
ing who God is, we also begin to under- 
stand who we are and what our destiny 
and purpose are. Indeed, the most 
momentous truths for life in time and 
eternity are learned only in relationship 
with God (1 Cor. 2:6-10). 

How does God reveal His truth to us? 
God spoke His truth through prophets 
and inspired people in the Old Testa- 
ment, but the fullness of His revelation 
to us is found in Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:1- 
2). Because of this, we can leam from 

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Jesus' character, teachings, and actions 
both who God is and who God wants us 
to be (Eph. 5:1-2, John 8:31-32). 

Likewise, God has caused His truth to 
be written in Scripture (2 Tim. 3-16). 
Scripture witnesses to God's redemptive 
purpose carried out in Christ. For true 
spiritual understanding of Scripture, we 
need to submit to the Holy Spirit's 
direction (1 Cor. 2:13-14, John 16:13). 

God also reveals himself through the 
body of Christ, the community of 
believers that He has created (Eph. 
4:11-13). Christ has provided gifts to 
the members of His body, so that 
everyone in the body may grow in the 
knowledge of Him and reach maturity in 
the faith. We can learn by imitating 
other people who are Christlike (1 Cor. 
11:1, Heb. 13:7). 

Finally, God's truth is only recog- 
nized as such by someone who is will- 
ing to obey it (John 7:16-17, James 
1:22-25). As we obey, God confirms to 
us the truth of His word and enables us 
to go forward. 

III. Elements of Discipleship 

The elements of discipleship could be 
defined in many ways. Discipleship in- 
volves both the inner person and the 
outer person. We begin with the inner 
self because God's transformation of 
our lives begins there. It then expresses 
itself outwardly both in our individual 
lives and in our corporate lives in the 
church and in the world. 

Since Jesus calls His disciples to 
come to Him and learn from Him, 
learning* is a basic element of dis- 
cipleship (Mt. 11:29). We must be 
teachable before we can progress in the 
faith at all. We also must be committed 
to Jesus Christ as our saving Lord 
(Rom. 10:9-10). The disciple's identity 
is grounded in Christ. 

We must also be committed to obey- 
ing the truth that the Lord reveals to us 
(John 14:15,21). Through obedience, 
our love for God and His love for us are 
confirmed. In order for God to trans- 
form our spiritual lives, we must 
develop a desire for His presence (Ps. 
42:1-2). We must seek God's truth by 
studying His word as recorded in 
Scripture (2 Tim. 2:15). Mature dis- 
ciples are able to interpret and apply the 
Bible to their own lives and the lives of 
others. We must also become people of 
prayer (Luke 18:1). 

'The bold face words in this section of 
the article represent topics covered in the 
13 lessons of this course in discipleship. 

October 1991 



Our corporate identity is also 
grounded in Christ. We are called as a 
people of God, and we must live out this 
calling as part of the community of 
faith (Heb. 10:24-25). We will have fel- 
lowship with one another because of our 
fellowship with Christ (1 John 1:3, 6-7). 
We will worship God together (John 
4:24)). We will realize that we are mere- 
ly stewards of God's gifts of time, 
talents, and finances, and we will at- 
tempt to be faithful in our use of these 
gifts (2 Cor. 8:5-12). 

Because of the example of Christ, we 
will be servants — to Christ, to one 
another, and to the world (Mark 10:42- 
45). We will serve not to gain rewards, 
but out of our gratitude for what we 
have in Christ. We will attempt to 
develop a Christian mind as we eval- 
uate our world in the light of God's 
character and will (Rom. 12:1-2). And 
we will attempt to be faithful witnesses 
to God's redemptive purpose in the 
world and in our own lives (Acts 1:8). 
A disciple is a witness; the only ques- 
tion to be answered is how effective that 
witness is. 

IV. The Goal of Discipleship 

The ultimate goal of discipleship is 
Christlikeness. When they are fully 
trained, disciples will resemble their 
master (Luke 6:40). The Lord is work- 
ing this transformation in the lives of 
His disciples even now (2 Cor. 3:18). 
Paul tells us that God's ultimate plan for 
us is that we will resemble our master 
physically as well as spiritually, when 
we receive our resurrection bodies at 
His coming (1 Cor. 15:49-53). 

Furthermore, as we live as disciples in 
the community of faith, we will grow to 
maturity in Christ (Eph. 4:14-16). We 
will be able to stand firm in the faith, 
building up one another as we each ex- 
ercise the gifts God has given us. The 
hallmark of our discipleship will be the 
love we show for one another (John 
13:34-35). 

As mature disciples, we will be able 
to train others (2 Tim. 2:2). In doing 
this, we will be fulfilling our part of 
the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20). 
As we live in obedient discipleship, we 

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will come to understand God's love in 
an ever deeper and richer way (Eph. 
3:16-19). 

V. Commitments Necessary 
for Discipleship 

The Christian faith is first of all a 
relationship with Jesus Christ. It is also 
a commitment to the truth He taught and 
the life He led. Disciples must hold onto 
the teachings of Christ (John 8:31), in- 
dicating that what we believe is impor- 
tant. But Jesus requires a more complete 
commitment of our lives. He asks us to 
love Him so much that our attitude 
toward our families seems like hatred in 
comparison (Luke 14:26). He tells us to 
voluntarily take up our own cross, as He 
did (Luke 14:27). Indeed, He asks us to 
give up everything we have for His sake 
(Luke 14:33). 

John 15 describes several things dis- 
ciples can expect as part of their lives as 
Christ's followers. They are called to 
abide in Christ (v. 4) and bear fruit for 
Him (v. 8). They must obey Him (v. 10). 
They should show the same love for one 
another that Christ showed for them 
(v. 12). Although they can expect per- 
secution (v. 20), they must testify to 
Christ (v. 27). 

It is possible to use a number of bibli- 
cal terms to describe the Christian life: 
sanctification, holiness, discipleship. 
Historically, the Brethren, following the 
Anabaptists, have understood the Chris- 
tian life in terms of discipleship to 
Christ. The Brethren also used ideas re- 
lated to the concept of discipleship to 
Christ to describe what is involved in 
the Christian life: following the example 
of Christ, Christlikeness, obedience, 
nonconformity to the world, servant- 
hood. While the Brethren have used the 
terms sanctification and holiness, espe- 
cially after the mid 1800's, the dom- 
inant concept is that of discipleship. 

Discipleship is not optional for the 
Christian; in fact, it is the very essence 
of the Christian life. Alexander Mack, 
the founder of the Brethren movement, 
declared that "the true believers and 
lovers of the Lord Jesus have always 
looked steadfastly and single-mindedly 
to their Lord and Master in all things. 
They follow Him gladly in all His com- 
mands, just as He has told them to do, 
and as He has shown them by His own 
example." [f] 

Rights and Ordinances, in European 
Origins of the Brethren, compiled and 
translated by Donald F. Durnbaugh 
(Elgin, IL: Brethren Press, 1958), p. 3G4. 



Christianity in 
Position and Practice 



THE 17th and 18th verses of James 
chapter 2 read thus: "Even so faith, 
if it hath not works, is dead, being 
alone. Yea, a man may say. Thou hast 
faith, and I have works: shew me thy 
faith without thy works, and I will shew 
thee my faith by my works."* 

Let us look more closely at the second 
of these two verses: "Yea, a man may 
say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: 
shew me thy faith without thy works, 
and I will shew thee my faith by my 
works." What the last part of this verse 
says in the Greek is this, "Out of my 
works, my faith becomes visible," or 
"Out of my works, my faith shines." I 
think that is tremendous. 

The theme for this Conference is 
"Show the Faith." As the particular 
focus for this message, I have taken as 
my theme, "Christianity in Position and 
Practice." 

Two questions 

I have two questions to ask you in 
regards to this theme. The first is, "What 
do you believe?" Now watch out! Don't 
answer this first question too quickly, 
because if you do, it will indicate that 
you haven't thought about it enough. 

What do you believe? We are always 
going around saying I don't believe this 
and I don't believe that. Okay. But what 
do you believe? That's your faith, 
whatever you believe. 

The second question you might 
answer too readily also. The second 
question is, "What are you doing about 
it?" I think those two questions cover 

'Quotations from the Bible are from 
the King James Version. 

Rev. Stogsdill is pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Tucson, Ariz. 

This article is an edited transcription 
of a message Rev. Stogsdill delivered 
on Tuesdny morning of the 1991 Gen- 
eral Conference. 



By Clarence Stogsdill 

my theme pretty nicely. What do you 
believe ? and. What are you doing about 
it? 

In James 2:17, James says, "Even so 
faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being 
alone." Here again I was interested in 
the Greek wording to see exactly what it 
says. I was particularly interested in the 
word "dead." 

Couch-potato faith 

Can faith die? Does its heart stop 
beating? What happens to it? I looked 
into this and discovered that what James 
is saying is not so much that faith is 
dead, as if its heart quit beating and 
there isn't any pulse. Rather, he is 
saying that it is inoperative or that it's 
unemployed. 

If you think about it, the word un- 
employed fits, because the passage is 
talking about works. What James is 
really saying is that if works doesn't 
show up at the office some day, then 
faith is unemployed. So if you're one of 
these people who goes around talking 
about your faith, but you don't have any 
works to back it up, then your faith is 
unemployed. It's a couch potato. 
You've got a couch potato form of 
Christianity. 

"Out of my works my faith doth 
shine," James says. I like that. It makes 
it live for me. Faith is inoperative or un- 
employed if works doesn't show up at 
the office. 

Sometimes our Christian experience 
is much like an experience I had when I 
was in the military taking training in 
field artillery. We were practicing firing 
a 155 mm gun, a huge gun with a shell 
that weighed 96 pounds which the gun 
could fire as far as seven miles. It took 
a lot of power to do that — a lot of 
powder. 

The problem was that each time the 
gun was fired, the force of the recoil 
would throw the gun off target, and we 



would have to move it back into posi- 
tion again. Now this was a big, heavy 
piece of steel. So there were six of us in 
the gun crew and a sergeant to bellow at 
us. Three of us would get on each side 
of the trail of the gun and take hold of 
the hand grips, then the sergeant would 
yell at us, "Ready! . . . HEAVE!" And 
when he'd say, "heave," we'd all grunt 
and pull or push the gun, depending on 
which direction we needed to go. 

I learned a very important lesson from 
this experience, and that is that there's a 
"ready . . . heave" in the Christian life. 
Get ready, and then HEAVE. 

One day this sergeant — who had a 
mouth big enough that a basketball 
would have fit in very nicely and a 
voice to go with it — one day he bel- 
lowed out, "Ready!" and we all tensed 
up. And then he said, "Push." 

Can you guess what happened? Six 
men fell flat on their faces. It wasn't 
that he used the wrong word. It was that 
he got us ready and then we did nothing. 
Do you see what I mean? Get ready! 
then nothing. And when you get ready 
to do something and you don't do it, 
right over on your face you go. 

Always getting ready 

A lot of the problems that Christians 
have is right there. They are always get- 
ting ready to do something, but when 
the call comes to go do it, they don't 
HEAVE, they push. Right on their faces 
they go, and they deserve it, too. 

I had the opportunity this summer to 
attend centennial celebrations for three 
of the churches I pastored — Milledge- 
ville, Lanark, and Gretna. While I was 
at one of these, somebody asked me, 
"What do you think about The Brethren 
Church? What is the outlook for the 
denomination?" 

I'm so glad he asked me that! I'm old 
enough now that I can look back and see 
where we've been and where I've been. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



**I maintain that people behave the way they believe. If they believe 
something strongly enough, they'll behave that way. ** 



and I can analyze and diagnose. So I 
said, "Well, I love The Brethren Church. 
I think we've got the greatest doctrine in 
the world. And we've got the finest fel- 
lowship. I don't see how it could be any 
finer than the fellowship we have in The 
Brethren Church. 

"But there is one thing that has al- 
ways bothered me, and that is that we 
are always getting ready to do some- 
thing — we prepare, we study, we get 
all set. But then what happens to the 
program? Well, we go get another pro- 
gram and we get ready. Then we let that 
program fizzle out. And we go get an- 
other program and get ready." 

Oh, come on! We've got the Bible! 
Our motto is, "The Bible, the whole 
Bible and nothing but the Bible." 

I have to confess, however, that for 
the first 20 years of my pastorate I had 
a problem with the last part of that 
motto. "The Bible, the whole Bible," 
that's easy. But "nothing but the Bible"; 
what does that mean? Can't we read the 
newspaper. Aren't Brethren permitted to 
enjoy fine art. Aren't we permitted to 
enjoy fine music? The Bible, is that all 
there is? 

Then it dawned on me after about 20 
years (I'm a slow learner) that what we 
really mean is this: We believe the 
Bible, the whole Bible; and we believe 
that the Bible is our only source of 
spiritual guidance into eternity. Any- 
thing else is extraneous. It's extra, and it 
can't get you into heaven. 

Now a lot of people don't understand 
this, and some people don't even 
believe it. But there it is. Take it or 
leave it. 

Position in the Old Testament 

I've used the theme, "Christianity in 
Position and Practice." There is such a 
thing as having a position, and then 
there is another thing called practice. I 
want to look at the Old Testament to get 
the position idea started and then we'll 
bring it into the New Testament. 

The book of Joshua is a great book. I 
love it because Joshua was the follow- 
up of Moses. He was Moses' assistant 
during the days when Moses led the 
people up to the Promised Land. Then 
Joshua leads the people into the hmJ 

October 1991 



and gives the tribes their part of the 
land. 

That's position. The twelve tribes are 
in the land and are all settled in their 
proper areas, the inheritance given to 
them by God. 

Do you know — have you ever given 
it much thought — that if the Israelites 
had really believed in the Law of Moses 
as they were supposed to and had fol- 
lowed it to the letter, that you could al- 
most dispense with the rest of the Old 
Testament? 

They didn't have the practice 

What are the Minor Prophets all 
about? What are the Major Prophets all 
about. Weren't they trying to call the 
Hebrew people back to the Law of 
Moses? The people had forgotten God's 
law; they had gotten away from it. They 
were in the land, but they weren't obey- 
ing the law. They had the position, but 
they didn't have the practice. 

Very simply put, the whole Old Tes- 
tament following the Pentateuch (except 
for Joshua and Judges, which is the his- 
tory of them getting away from the law), 
is an attempt to call the Hebrew people 
back to the Law of Moses. 

I love 1 Kings 17, where Elijah, as 
Dr. Clarence Edward McCartney says, 
comes onto the scene like a clap of 
thunder and a bolt of lightning. He 
comes onto the scene and says, "There 
won't be any rain in this land until I say 
so." 

Boy, that's telling it like it is, isn't it? 
That's laying down the law. Elijah told 
people where to go and where to get off. 
But the whole idea behind what Elijah 
says is, "Get back to the law. You've 
forgotten the Law of Moses." 

Get back to the law, to the word of 
God. You've got the position, but what 
about the practice? You've failed in the 
practice. So what happened to the 
Hebrews? They lost the land and were 
scattered all over the world, even today. 
And it's all because they didn't pay at- 
tention to the word. 

So we come now to the New Testa- 
ment. Just move right over a few books 
and we come to the book of Ephesians 
in the New Testament. What is the 
theme of Ephesians? Tlie theme of this 



book is that God has made us to sit 
down in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. 
What a beautiful site! It's the Promised 
Land. We've got it made in Jesus 
Christ. That's our position. As Chris- 
tians, we have a position in Jesus. 

But I know a lot of people who aren't 
acting like it — probably because they 
don't really believe it. I maintain that 
people behave the way they believe. If 
they believe something strongly enough, 
they'll behave that way. 

The Jews didn't really believe Moses. 
That's why they forgot about the law. 
Christians sometimes don't really 
believe that Jesus Christ meant business. 
They just play around and get into 
trouble, and therefore they lose out. 
They have the position, but they forget 
the practice part of it. And as James 
said, "Where there are no works, then 
faith is unemployed." It is inoperative. 
It's a couch potato. Faith and practice. 

The Christian philospher Dr. Francis 
Schaeffer had some thoughts along this 
line that I would like to share. I believe 
that I have everything that Dr. Schaeffer 
ever wrote, and I read it and reread it 
and read it again, for that man inspires 
me by his writings because he tells it 
like it is. 

Dr. Schaeffer, who died a few years 
ago, didn't know if there was going to 
be a Christian evangelical church by the 
end of this century, because he felt that 
we were drifting off into some kind of 
self-centeredness that isn't real Chris- 
tianity at all. 

Liberals, he would say, don't even 
have a theology. They are just kidding 
themselves. I read the other day that 70 
percent of the pastors in a certain large 
denomination do not believe that Jesus 
rose literally from the dead. And in the 
next denomination to them in the liberal 
wing of the church, 53 percent of the 
pastors do not believe in a literal resur- 
rection. 

You have to believe something 

I want to tell you something: You 
can't build a church on what you do not 
believe. You have 16 believe something] 
So Schaeffer says that if we don't get 
down to business, we are not even going 
to have a church. Oh, we'll have some- 



'^You don't form a Christian community by just getting a lot of 
bodies together. They've got to be taught something; they have to 
learn something and know something and believe in something. " 



thing that looks Uke a church, a church 
that has the name of being ahve, but 
which is really dead (Rev. 3:1). But the 
Lord will spew it out of his mouth (Rev. 
3:16). 

In his book, The Church at the End of 
the 20th Century, Schaeffer has this to 
say in a chapter entitled "The Church in 
a Dying Culture:"* 

Is there a future for the church in the 
midst of the 20th century? That ques- 
tion is foremost in the minds of young 
Christians and many older ones as 
well. 

In the previous chapter I have set 
forth three things that are necessary if 
the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is 
to be a revolutionary force in the 
midst of 20th-century upheaval and 
revolution: (1) the church must distin- 
guish between being a cobelligerent 
and an ally, (2) it must be careful to 
stand clearly for truth, both in 
doctrine and in practice even when it 
is costly .... 

That's the one I love. People are 
afraid of doctrine. They say, "I don't 
want to be indoctrinated. I don't want to 
be taught." 

We must stand on truth 

I think it's great to praise the Lord. I 
enjoy it as rpuch as anyone else does. 
But our worship must be based on truth. 
Schaeffer says that the church "must be 
careful to stand clearly for truth." For 
truth! 

About three weeks ago I was preach- 
ing to the Korean congregation that 
meets in our church building, and I used 
that text in which Jesus says, "I am the 
way, the truth, and the life" (Jn. 14:6). I 
emphasized the fact that the Christian 
church teaches truth, not philosophies 
— or as the Bible calls them, vain 
philosophies. 

I told them that you can go to any 
university in the world and they'll teach 
you that man came from the apes. But 
as I told these Korean people, such 
teaching is wrong on two counts. First 
of all, it's just wrong. It didn't happen. 

'The various quotations from Francis 
Schaeffer on this page are all from his 
book, The Church at the End of the 20th 
Century (Downers Grove, 111.: Inter-Varsity 
Press, 1970), p. 45. 



And secondly, it insults the apes. The 
apes have a better pattern of living than 
man has. So you can't go that way. But 
Jesus Christ is truth. 

Continuing on with Schaeffer, he says 
that: 

... (3) [the church] must be more than 
merely a preaching point and an ac- 
tivity generator; it must show a sense 
of community. 

Now I wish to look more closely at 
the third point — the individual Chris- 
tian and the Christian community. But 
even this very practical consideration 
is built firmly on the basis of the 
second point mentioned above — the 
stress on truth in doctrine and prac- 
tice. 

There will be little meaning con- 
cerning Cluristian community until we 
understand what Christian means, and 
who can make up a Clmstian com- 
munity. 

Schaeffer is saying that there is more 
to Christian community than adding 
church members. And that I like. 

I've noticed since 1947 when I first 
came to General Conference that we 
used to have 22,000 members, and now 
we have 15,000. We're really growing! 
But perhaps it's because we're being 
honest and doing it properly. Maybe 
someday we can go the other way. 

What makes a Christian community? 
You know, as a Scottish preacher once 
put it, you can take a basket of kittens 
and put them in the oven, but that 
doesn't turn them into muffins. Do you 
get the idea? They are a community, but 
they didn't get transformed. 

Schaeffer continues: 

The liberal theologians in their 
stress on community speak and act as 
though we become Christians when 
we enter the horizontal relationship of 
community [in other words, when we 
join the church], but this is a totally 
wrong starting point. If this were so, 
Christianity would have no more final 
value than the humanistic comnuuiity, 
and that is just the trouble with 
modern man. He can find no suffi- 
cient value for humanistic community 
for he can find no sufficient value for 
the men who make it up. If the in- 
dividual man is a zero, then com- 
munity is only adding zeros. 



That last sentence is my favorite. 
Let's suppose that you are making up 
this community — adding individuals to 
build the church. Schaeffers says, "If the 
individual man is a zero, then com- 
munity is only adding zeros." And you 
know where you come out with that 
don't you? You just get a zero. 

You don't form a Christian com- 
munity by just getting a lot of bodies 
together. They've got to be taught 
something; they have to learn something 
and know something and believe in 
something. 

What do you believe? That was my 
first question. And the second one is. 
What are you doing about it? That is the 
practice. 

Our greatest need is content 

Francis Schaeffer and other theolo- 
gians say that the greatest need in the 
Christian church today, is not activity, 
but content. Content! In other words. 
What do you believe? How solid is it? 
What do you know about Jesus Christ? 
You've got to have content in order to 
have faith. Jesus said, "Sanctify them 
through thy truth: thy word is truth" (Jn. 
17:17). 

We Brethren have this motto, "The 
Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but 
the Bible." Now do we believe it and do 
we act accordingly? Or is it just a 
religious activity we go through? If 
there is one thing I can't stand, it's 
religiosity that doesn't have any content 
in it. You've got to know what you be- 
lieve, what you stand for, where you are 
going. 

I had a friend when I was pastor of 
the Canton Trinity Brethren Church 
who gave an illustration one time which 
I have never forgotten. I was a very 
young pastor at the time. 

The illustration was about this old 
steam engine that sat in a little town. 
The people of the town decided they 
wanted to make the old steam engine 
run, so they formed committees. 
(Doesn't that sound like the church?) 

They fonned a paint committee and 

they painted the old locomotive. They 

appointed an oil and grease committee, 

and they lubricated the old locomotive. 

(continued on page 10) 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Moving a Mountain 

(Getting the 

"Brethren Way of Christ" 

Off the Ground) 



JESUS SAID, ". . . truly I say to you, 
if you have faith as a mustard seed, 
you shall say to this mountain, 'Move 
from here to there,' and it shall move; 
. . ." (Matt. 17:20, nasb). 

In January 1988 the individual faith 
of 20 members of The Brethren Church 
and the Church of the Brethren was no 
greater than the size of a mustard seed. 
But some 13 months later, following a 
series of monthly meetings each of 
which included an extended time of 
prayer, this group saw a "mountam" to 
be moved and agreed that they were 
called to move it. The "mountain" was 
the first Brethren Way of Christ week- 
ends, one for men and one for women. 
That mustard seed had found fertile 
ground, and just as it had grown, so had 
the faith of this group. 

A lay movement 

The Brethren Way of Christ is an out- 
growth of a movement that began in the 
Roman Catholic Church in Spain in the 
1940's, known as the Cursillo move- 
ment. It spread to the Lutheran Church, 
where it is known as Via de Crista, and 
to the United Methodist Church, where 
it is called Emmaus Walk. Each of these 
20 Brethren had participated in either a 
Via de Crista or a Curs ilia. 

The movement was started by lay 
people who felt a need to have greater 
involvement in the activities of the 
church. The Brethren Way of Christ 
continues that lay-leadership emphasis, 
with lay people filling all offices of the 
coordinating committee (called the 

Mr. Garner is Senior Officer at the 
Center for Professional Deulopment of 
the Indiana Department of Education. 
He is a member of the North Manches- 
ter, Ind., First Brethren Church and 
served as General Conference modera- 
tor in 1986 and 1987. 



By Warren Gamer 

Secretariat) except that of spiritual 
director. 

Members of the Brethren Way of Life 
Secretariat from The Brethren Church 
are: Warren and Helen Garner, lay 
directors; Paul and Alma Eiler, post 
Way of Christ weekend chairs; Robert 
and Robin Shepherd, leaders chair and 
treasurer; and Pastor Marlin McCann, 
resource spiritual director. Secretariat 
members from the Church of the 
Brethren are: June Wolfe, secretary; 
David Doudt, pre-Way of Christ week- 
end chair; Maurice and Mim Mussel- 
man, Way of Christ weekend chairs, 
Steven Hammer and Donna Fisher, 
Palanca (outpouring of God's love 
through people) chairs; Rachel Gross, 
communications; and Pastor Kurt 
Snyder, spiritual director. 

Now that the decision to hold the 
weekends had been made, the planning 
took on new dimensions. Kurt Snyder 
(pastor of the Roann, Ind., Church of the 



Brethren), John David Bowman (former 
pastor of the North Manchester Church 
of the Brethren), and Marlin McCann 
(pastor of the North Manchester First 
Brethren Church) edited the materials of 
the Cursilla movement so that they rep- 
resented the beliefs of the two Brethren 
denominations. These revised materials 
formed the spiritual basis for the Breth- 
ren Way of Christ. 

Worrisome questions 

While this editing was being done, the 
planning meetings for the first Brethren 
weekends continued. Questions such as 
whether the weather in March would be 
a problem, whether there would be suf- 
ficient funds to carry out this mission, 
and whether an adequate number of in- 
dividuals could be recruited for the two 
weekends were frequent topics of con- 
versation. But in spite of these doubts, 
God clearly worked everything out. 

The 57 individuals (Pilgrims) who left 




Standing in front of a Statue of Christ at the retreat center where the Brethren 
Way of Christ weekends were held are (foreground, I. to r.) Alma Eiler, Norma 
Lewis, Rev. Marlin McCann, Robin Shepherd, and Helen Garner, all members of 
the North Manchester, Ind.. First Brethren Church. 



October 1991 



'^Almost without exception^ the Pilgrims and team members from 
both weekends found a new dim.ension in their relationship to 
Christ that would enable them, to walk m,ore closely with Him,.** 



the First Brethren Church of North 
Manchester on two consecutive 
Thursday nights for a secluded six)t in 
north central Indiana for the first 
Brethren Way of Christ weekends did so 
with a certain amount of curiosity, ap- 
prehension, and, in some cases, reluc- 
tance. Twenty-seven men, with the team 
that would serve them, left on the first 
Thursday night, and 30 women with 
their team left one week later. 

Most of the Pilgrims were from either 
The Brethren Church or the Church of 
the Brethren, but several other de- 
nominations were also represented. The 
team members, chosen after much 
prayer, were from both Brethren groups 
as well as from the Lutheran Church, 
Church of Christ, and United Methodist 
Church. 

The pace quickens 

After the arrival of each of these 
groups on its respective weekend, the 
pace quickened. New friends were 
made. A new view of God's love was 
presented. Various areas of the Christian 
life were brought into focus, such as 
God's grace and how we should respond 
to it; how to know God better; the lay 



Christian's role in evangelizing the 
world. 

A detailed look at the ordinances of 
the church and at Christ's crucifixion 
was presented by the spiritual directors. 
Lay people shared personal testimonies 
on what the Pilgrims should do with the 
new spiritual inspiration. The Pilgrims 
were also provided help on how to iden- 
tify and remove obstacles that confront 
them in their desire to become more like 
Christ. Other personal testimonies in- 
cluded suggestions on how to influence 
ones immediate and extended environ- 
ment, and encouragement for sustaining 
the enthusiasm of this weekend ex- 
perience and for persevering in the "out- 
side world." 

These presentations were interspersed 
with humor, singing, devotional times, 
food breaks, and fellowship. Creative ad 
hoc summaries of the presentations 
brought a variety of verbal and emotion- 
al reactions from the Pilgrims. 

Almost without exception, the 
Pilgrims and team members from both 
weekends found a new dimension in 
their relationship to Christ that would 
enable them to walk more closely with 
Him. They found that one can always 



receive new inspiration and renewal as 
one studies the teachings of Jesus. 

The testimonies that were given at the 
close of each weekend were clear in- 
dicators that God had indeed moved in 
the midst of the Pilgrims on these first 
Brethren Way of Christ weekends. 

Let there be more 

So what does the blessing of God on 
these weekends suggest about the fu- 
ture? More — more — more! 

Yes, there will be more. The second 
pair of Brethren Way of Christ week- 
ends is now in the planning stages. War- 
ren Gamer of The Brethren Church will 
serve as the lay leader for the men's 
weekend, scheduled for Feb. 27-March 
1, 1992, and June Wolfe of the Church 
of the Brethren will be the lay leader for 
the women's weekend, March 5-8, 
1992. There will be an opportunity for 
30 men and 30 women to participate as 
Pilgrims, and 30 men and 30 women to 
serve on the teams. 

Persons interested in more informa- 
tion can contact Warren Gamer at 1139 
Millers Court, Noblesville, IN 46060, or 
contact any of the other Secretariat 
members. [f] 



Christianity in Position and Practice 

(continued from page 8) 
And they formed a bell committee and put a new bell on 
the locomotive and shined it all up. 

Finally, they had everything all ready to go, but they 
couldn't quite figure out what was happening. The old 
locomotive wasn't running! Finally somebody went and got 
the old engineer who used to mn the locomotive, and they 
asked him what was wrong. 

He said, "It's all ready to go. All you have to do is put 
fire in the engine and steam in the boiler, and it will go 
anywhere you want it to." 

That's a lot like the Christian church. We have oil and 
lubrication committees, bell committees, decorating com- 
mittees, all kinds of committees. But where is the fire and 
the steam? That's all you've got to have. We're always 
poised; we're ready. If we just put some fire in the engine 
and some steam in the boiler, we could go anywhere you 
want to go. 

We've got the position. What about the practice? Maybe 
we're like the man in the story I heard when I was in Billy 
Graham's School of Evangelism a couple of years ago. The 
speaker was pastor of one of the large churches in Calgary, 
Canada. 



The man loved sports — that was obvious. So he told 
about the Calgary football team, which had some problems 
that particular year. But the team did have one star on it, a 
ball-carrier named Calhoun. The people loved Calhoun. 
The main reason they came to the games was to see Cal- 
houn carry the ball, because he was so good. 

During the course of one game, the Calgary team ran a 
play and lost three yards. They ran a second play and lost 
five yards. They ran a third play and lost seven yards. All 
the while the crowd is yelling, "Give the ball to Calhoun. 
Give the ball to Calhounr But the quarterback doesn't give 
the ball to Calhoun. 

On and on it went, with the team making no progress and 
the crowd just getting carried away with chanting, "Give 
the ball to Calhoun!" Finally, the quarterback walks over 
to the sidelines and motions for the crowd to be quiet. He 
just stands there for a while until the crowd finally catches 
on and quiets down. Then he cups his hands and shouts to 
the crowd, "Calhoun says he doesn't want the ball!" 

You know what? I think we have a lot of good ball 
players that just don't want the ball. That's what I think. 
That's our biggest problem. We know how. We just don't 
like the combat. 

"The Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but the 
Bible." [f] 



10 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Reclaiming Wasted 
Years 



By Joan Martin 

I SAT WITH MY FRIENDS in my 
living room discussing the times and 
the things we'd wasted in our lives. One 
woman said, "When I think of how God 
has now used those wasted hours, I'm 
so grateful and excited. God actually 
redeemed the time and made it work for 
His glory." 

Have you spent time regretting oppor- 
tunities and special moments you've 
destroyed or misused? Is there any gain, 
now, in putting the past behind and 
beginning again? 

If we've lived an empty and useless 
life, we usually know it. There are three 
choices we can make in determining 
what the future might be. 

Steve made the first one. As Craig 
drove him to his doctor's appointment, 
Steve remarked, "What a waste my life 
has been. I'm about to have serious 
surgery, and I'm afraid what the doctors 
will find. Maybe I won't even make it." 

Craig replied, "Maybe you will come 
through and the Lord will give you a 
second chance to remedy those things 
you're not proud of. When the pain is 
over, you can begin life again." 

"Yes," Steve responded. "I'm going 
to be different. This time I'll make my 
life count for something." 

Several weeks after surgery, Steve 
was told there was no malignancy and 
that he would be up and around within 
a few weeks. There was no more talk of 
beginning again. He returned to the 
same life of an unhappy home, an un- 
bending will, and a desire to have his 
own way to control others. His choice 
was made. Nothing would change. 

Tim was an older man who made a 
different decision. He didn't have a lot 
of years in which to change his ways, 
but he had heard of others who had done 
so even though they were old. He also 
had heard about Moses, who, in his 80s, 
had been used by God to lead the people 
of Israel out of bondage. Tim was deep- 
ly sorry for the years he'd wasted as an 
alcoholic. He told it all to the Lx)rd and, 

Ms. Martin is a free-lance writer who 
lives in Wayzata, Minnesota. 

October 1991 




after confessing, asked, "Please forgive 
me and help me to do better." 

But Tim needed to go on to a third 
choice. If he stopped where he was, he 
would be in great danger of returning to 
his old ways. He needed help to change. 

In the Bible, the Prodigal Son took his 
inheritance early and left home, squan- 
dering what he had been given in wild 
living. When he came to his senses, he 
said, "How many of my father's hired 
men have food to spare, and here I am 
starving to death! I will set out and go 
back to my father . . ." (Lk. 15:17-18, 
Niv). He suffered until he made the third 
choice — to take responsibility, to get 
help, and not to waste any more of his 
life. 

How do we go about gathering up that 
which was wasted after we've made the 
choice to be responsible and to make 
changes in our lives? In Joel 2:25, God 
says, "I will repay you for the years the 
locusts have eaten — the great locust 
and the young locust, the other locusts 
and the locust swarm . . ." (niv). 

A particularly severe plague of lo- 
custs had hit the land. Joel talks of this 
horror in terms of God's judgment and 
its intent to bring the people to repent of 
their sins. When Israel is back in right 
relationship with God, He promises re- 
newed fertility, hope, and happiness. 

We've all misused things God has 
given us. We've destroyed and lost 



precious gifts along the way. Yet noth- 
ing is too hard for God. If we've wasted 
money, we can begin asking God where 
He would have us give now. We can 
determine to spend carefully, stay away 
from areas that tempt us, and even ask a 
friend to hold us accountable. 

We may have wasted a talent or a gift. 
Now it can be polished, practiced, and 
offered in service to others. It will then 
grow as we put God first and use it. 

Even parenthood can be misused if 
we have not witnessed to our children 
and brought them up to know Jesus and 
His love. But it's never too late to tell 
them simply that we have found Jesus 
and that we want them to know the joy 
and peace we have received. Then we 
can live that life before them. 

Sometimes we feel it's too late and 
that there isn't much time left. Yet, a 
few days lived in God's will with vic- 
tory and faith is better than a whole 
lifetime without Christ. 

Isaiah talks about the joy of the 
redeemed people. "The desert and the 
parched land will be glad; the wilder- 
ness will rejoice and blossom. Like the 
crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will 
rejoice greatly and shout for joy" (Is. 
35:1-2, Niv). There could not be a great- 
er waste than the desert, the parched 
land and the wilderness. Yet, God can 
change it to blossoms. Our waste can be 
redeemed for His glory. [f] 

11 




True 
Inheritance 



The Dimensions of Our Inheritance 



By Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, President of Ashland University 



THE FIRST TIME Doris and I 
traveled overseas, we went to 
an attorney to draw up a will for 
the primary purpose of establish- 
ing guardianship of our children, 
in case something should happen 
to us. Having cared for this, the 
conversation then turned to who 
would receive the Steinway piano, 
who would receive the sterling 
silver, who would receive the 
jewelry, and who would receive 
the furniture. 

A lesson about inheritance 

The attorney looked at both of 
us and said, "Stop, I am not inter- 
ested in who receives your 'stuff.'" 
He then went on to teach us a 
lesson about inheritance. He told 
us that we only owe three things 
to our children: (1) good health, 
(2) a spiritual faith, and (3) an 
education. Thirty years later, I 
am even more convinced that this 
is true. As we love our children 
and grandchildren with our 
whole hearts, this emotional love 




"An education at the beginning of life 

siiould be seen as our children's real inheritance." 

Pictured: Dr. Jae Chat teaching an Ashland University political science class. 




Dr. Josepfi R. Shultz, 
President of Ashland University. 



must be translated into providing 
for their good health, their spir- 
itual faith, and their education. 
These are the foundations upon 
which they can build a successful. 
Christian life. 

In the "old days," people did not 
live as long as we do today. 
Farmers, businessmen, and 
others would wait for the 
monetary inheritance from 
their parents to buy the 
farm, pay for the business, 
or become established in 
life. Today people are living 
to a "good old age," which 
means that their sons and 
daughters do not receive 
their inheritance until their 
professional or business 
lives are near their con- 
clusion. 

An education at the begin- 
ning of life should be seen as 
our children's real in- 
heritance. The cost of an 
education is more valuable 
to our children than the pos- 
sible income from a will at 
the end of life. 



The Hebrew fathers were 
responsible for teaching their 
sons an occupation, which was 
combined with their spiritual in- 
heritance. Not to provide them 
with the training needed for a 
profession or career was a sin. 

If people think that the cost of 
an education is high, they should 
consider the cost of not being edu- 
cated in the 20th and the 21st 
centuries. The age in which God 
has placed us, in the church and 
in the world, requires the best 
education possible so that God 
can fulfill His will in our lives 
and in the lives of our childr-en. 
An unfulfilled life is wrong before 
God and Christ our Lord, who 
died that we might have life and 
have it to the full. 

Good health, spiritual faith, 
and an education are the true 
dimensions of inheritance for our 
children and grandchildren. "The 
pot of gold" at the end of the rain- 
bow is an illusion. The cost of a 
quality education is the real in- 
heritance for the young people of 
The Brethren Church. [f] 



12 



The Brethren Evangelist 




True 
Inheritance 



Passing on the Inheritance 



OUR FAITH — it's perhaps the 
only timeless gift that we 
can give our children. It is the 
inner stability of life and the es- 
sence of our hope. Even diamonds 
don't really last forever! 

The well-known author and 
speaker Corrie ten Boom, who 
received the true inheritance of 
faith through the gentle witness 
of her father, found this to be 
true. For her, the great Author of 
the faith, Jesus Christ, provided 
stability and hope during perhaps 
one of the darkest hours of world 
history. Here is a bit of her story: 

My security was assured in 
many ways as a child. Every 
night I would go to the door of my 
room in my nightie and call out, 
"Papa, I'm ready for bed." He 
would come into my room and 
pray with me before I went to 
sleep. I can always remember 
that he took time with us and 
would tuck the blankets around 
my shoulders very carefully, with 
his own characteristic precision. 
Then he would put his hand gent- 
ly on my face and say, "Sleep well, 
Corrie ... I love you." 

I would be very, very still, be- 
cause I thought that if I moved I 
might somehow lose the touch of 
his hand; I wanted to feel it until 
I fell asleep. 

Many years later in a concen- 
tration camp in Germany, I some- 
times remembered the feeling of 
my father's hand on my face. When 
I was lying beside Betsie on a 
wretched, dirty mattress in that 
dehumanizing prison, I would 
say, "O Lord, let me feel Your 
hand upon me . . . may I creep 
under the shadow of your wings." 

In the midst of that suffering 
was my Heavenly Father's secur- 
ity.* 

*Corrie ten Boom, In My Father's 
house (Old Tappen, New Jersey: Flem- 
ing H. Revell, 1976), p. 58. 



By Dr. Michael Gleason 




Dr. Michael Gleason, shown here leading a session of HOPE Fellowship, is 
Director of Religious Life on the Ashland University campus. 



Why do I share her story? For 
two reasons. First, and probably 
most obviously, the strong Author 
of our faith, who was indeed 
trustworthy to provide stability 
and hope in the midst of the un- 
speakable horror of Nazi concen- 
tration camps, can most certainly 
bring these gifts to any situation 
you and I might encounter — or 
for that matter, any situation 
that an Ashland University stu- 
dent might encounter! 

You must read that last state- 
ment again, because if you really 
believe it — and I know you do — 
then it makes what we do 
through the University Campus 
Ministry of eternal sig^^ificance. 
Only in Christ is stability and 
hope. He is indeed the substance 
of this great and lasting faith 
which we pass on to the students 
on the Ashland Campus. 

But wait, I promised a second 
reason for sharing this touching 



story. The second reason is to il- 
lustrate how this inheritance is 
passed down from one generation 
to the next through the interac- 
tion of human lives. Parents, 
grandparents, pastors, Sunday 
school teachers, neighbors, 
friends — "person to person." For 
Corrie ten Boom it was the in- 
heritance of faith passed from 
father to daughter. For nearly all 
of us our faith was passed on to 
us by another — probably many 
persons who have each shared a 
bit of their faith, their "inher- 
itance." 

We have many students on the 
University Campus who are fol- 
lowing in your footsteps — giving 
away their inheritance. So many 
of them have come from your 
churches and are a fruit of your 
love and support — your in- 
heritance. They are doing this 
through HOPE Fellowship, now 
Ashland University's largest cam- 



OCTOBER 1991 



13 




Twenty of 
the Brethren Stu- 
dents on the AU 
Campus posed 
for a picture fol- 
lowing a HOPE 
Fellowship meet- 
ing in Septem- 
ber. They are (I. 
to r.) Sherry 
Bowling, Paul 
Bechtel, Eric 
Schave, Karen 
Robins, Ben 
Oburn, Jen 
Thomas, Nate 
Williams, Sarah 
Hollewell 

(front). Tiffany Flickinger (middle), Eric Bargerhuff, Annalee Hoover (front), Geneva Oburn (middle), Mark Ray, 
Jodi Kepple (front), Tony Price, Becki Fulmer, Paul Sluss, Steve Walk, Becky Brooke, and Troy Cummins. 



pus student organization (115 
students just last week). The in- 
heritance is being shared through 
dorm Bible studies (a number of 



these are led by Brethren stu- 
dents), short-term mission trips 
(five this year, one to Lost Creek, 
Kentucky, another to Mexico), 




A meeting of HOPE Fellowship, a Christian association which is now Ash- 
land University's largest campus student organization. 



AU Reports Ail-Time High Enrollment 



Ashland University has experi- 
enced record-breaking enrollment 
figures for the third straight 
year. This fall's total enrollment 
of 4,908 is 5.7 percent higher 
than last year's record setting en- 
rollment of 4,644, and 13.6 per- 
cent higher than the 1989 fall 
enrollment of 4,321, which was 
likewise a record high. 

AU's total daytime student en- 
rollment remained essentially the 
same as last year, with 1,729 this 
fall compared to 1,732 last Sep- 
tember, this despite the fact that 



there were some 8,000 fewer high 
school graduates in Ohio in May 
and June of 1991 than in May 
and June of 1990. 

The total enrollment figure in- 
cludes 2,052 in AU's graduate 
programs and 2,856 undergrad- 
uate students, compared with 
1,953 and 2,691 respectively last 
year. Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary is also hosting the largest 
enrollment in its history, with 
519 students (compared to 494 
last year). 

"As demographics indicate a 



mid-week chapel services, the 
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 
retreats. Gospel Teams (many 
Brethren students provide strong 
leadership for the five teams), 
special speakers, concerts, the In- 
ternational Student Fellowship, 
and the newly created University 
Church. 

Our faith: it's perhaps the only 
timeless gift that we can give our 
children. Only our faith provides 
the inner stability of life; the es- 
sence of our hope. You are a vital 
part of the sharing of this hope, 
one generation to the next, on the 
Ashland University campus 
through your thoughtful gifts and 
abiding prayers. Brethren, thank 
you so very much for your con- 
tinued investment in our in- 
heritance, which is the next 
generation of outstanding Church 
leadership, many of whom are 
the fine Brethren students at 
Ashland University. [t] 

significant decrease in traditional 
college-age students, we're 
pleased that Ashland University 
has been able to keep abreast 
with these important changes in 
society," said AU President Dr. 
Joseph R. Shultz. 

Shultz added that Ashland's in- 
novative academic programs, its 
tradition of "Accent on the In- 
dividual," its dedicated faculty 
and staff, and its on-going cam- 
pus beautification projects have 
contributed to the successful 
recruiting year. [j] 



14 



The Brethren Evangelist 




True 
Inheritance 



Our Faith — the True Inheritance 



AFTER GRADUATION from 
high school, a young man or 
woman is faced with a dilemma 
that may change his or her life. 
These young individuals are not 
only faced with an awareness of 
the challenges of the new life 
ahead, they are also faced with 
the decision of whether to accept 
or reject the values, lifestyle, and 
beliefs that they came to know in 
their past. 

A common word is associated 
with this change from high school 
to college, a word that is fre- 
quently heard in the dialogue of 
college freshmen. That word is 
"freedom." 

In Galatians 5 we read this 
word again, but with an added 
twist to it — "freedom in Christ." 
The Apostle Paul is talking about 
the freedom that one can experi- 
ence in a life after one has ac- 
cepted Christ as Savior. The key 
to this freedom is that the person 
has already laid a foundation in 
Christ before experiencing this 
freedom. That initial foundation 
is so crucial to the decisions made 
afterwards. 

The same principle can be ap- 
plied to that college freshman 
who stares ahead to four years of 

Eric Bargerhuff, a member of the 
Mexico, Ind., First Brethren Church, 
is a junior at Ashland University ma- 
joring in religion with a minor in jour- 
nalism. Following university training, 
he plans to enter Ashland Theological 
Seminary to prepare for pastoral serv- 
ice. During the past four summers, he 
served as a Brethren Youth Summer 
Crusader and this past summer was 
captain of the music/education team 
"Seekers of His Heart." 



By Eric Bargerhuff 




Eric Bargerhuff 

life with the many crucial deci- 
sions that must be made. Has a 
foundation been laid? Is there a 
strong enough background in this 
individual's history to enable him 
or her to make the proper deci- 
sions in those possible life-chang- 
ing situations? 

Asking these kinds of questions 
really brings out the importance 
of the true inheritance — our 
faith. There is nothing more pre- 
cious or more valuable that we 
can receive from our parents than 
faith in Jesus Christ. As a young 
child grows up in a Christian 
home, the child is exposed to and 
latches on to the same distinct 
characteristics or qualities that 
the parents have shown, lived, 
and modeled. It's a "foUow-the- 
leader" type situation, if you will. 
These characteristics or qualities 
are instilled in the young life and 



influence the type of person he or 
she will soon become as maturity 
approaches. 

I was fortunate enough to be 
raised in a Christian home. As I 
grew, I was exposed to the Chris- 
tian way of life and the teachings 
that became the foundation of my 
faith. I learned by watching. As I 
saw my mother and father put 
their faith in Christ, I too began 
to learn how to trust in the Lord. 
I saw them show love to Christ, 
their church, to family members, 
to other people, and to each other. 

What I saw made a major im- 
pact on my decision as I chose 
which road I would follow when it 
came time to make my own deci- 
sions. Their love became my love; 
their faith became my faith. Is it 
not true that children grow 
up to be the love they have 
known, or the faith that has 
been show^n? 

Faith in Jesus Christ seems to 
be the only thing that keeps us 
going during certain periods of 
our lives. Our world may shatter 
around us when we are not really 
prepared. So many things happen 
to college students, who are often 
unprepared for life's little battles 
and hardships. At times the only 
thing we can hold on to is our 
faith in Christ. 

I have a little sign in my room 
that says, "Faith isn't faith until 
it's all you're holding on to." The 
essential truth is that our faith 
will carry us through. Faith holds 
so much value — eternal value! 
What a family heirloom it is, this 
thing called faith! It's worth more 
than memories, more than pos- 
sessions left behind. It is definite- 
ly the true inheritance. [f] 



October 1991 



15 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Jim Miller Challenges Indiana Brethren To Put 
Doing Christ's Commands Above Looking Good 



Nappanee, Ind. — Delegates and 
guests arriving at the Nappanee First 
Brethren Church on Saturday, Septem- 
ber 14, for the business session of the 
102nd District Conference of the In- 
diana Brethren Churches knew some- 
thing was up when Moderator Jim 
Miller appeared looking as if he had 
just crawled out from under a rock — 
disheveled, shirttail hanging out, need- 
ing a shave — but ready for action. 

In his moderator's address. Miller 
challenged delegates and churches to be 
active in answering God's call to minis- 
try. He believes that churches spend 
more time looking good (thus his dishev- 
eled appearance) in doing traditional 
church things than in doing the actual 
works of ministry that Christ demands. 

The theme of the conference was "A 
Call to Obedience," and Miller em- 
phasized that the local church must do 
everything possible, including using as 
few people as necessary to carry out 
church organization, in order to free 
people for the ministry Christ has called 
them to perform. 



Reconunendations based on the ad- 
dress included: raising the awareness 
for outreach and evangelism in the dis- 
trict; planting four new churches in the 
district by 1999 through the mission 
board anchor by local churches estab- 
lishing daughter churches; each church 
sponsoring or attending an evangelism 
seminar. 

Other recommendations were: that 
each church develop a specific philo- 
sophy of ministry emphasizing spiritual 
gifts, leadership, ministry and respon- 
sibility of members; that churches ex- 
amine the ministry of nurture and out- 
reach, with emphasis on small groups; 
and that the district ministry of Pas- 
toral and Congregational Care estab- 
lish guidelines for dealing with church 
conflict in lieu of pastoral firings or 
resignations. Each of these recommen- 
dations was adopted by the conference. 

Other business transacted by the con- 
ference included approval of a five-year 
plan for the Ministry of the Brethren 
Retreat to seek to sell the present camp 
and to find a location more suitable to 



the needs of the district; official recogni- 
tion of the closing of the North Liberty 
First Brethren Church; and a decision 
to return to a unified business and in- 
spirational conference next year, to be 
held in June. 

Greetings and reports from the na- 
tional office were given by Rev. Russ 
Gordon, director of Home Missions and 
Church Growth; Rev. Marlin McCann, 
General Conference Moderator; and 
Rev. David Cooksey, director of Pastoral 
Ministries. 

Reports presented indicated district 
growth in worship attendance, in 
Church Growth index, in Sunday school 
attendance, and in the district camp 
program, as well as improvement in ap- 
portionment response. Churches that 
gave 100% support to district and na- 
tional ministries were recognized. 

Dr. Dan Lawson assumed the posi- 
tion of district moderator, and Rev. 
Brad Hardesty was chosen to be 
moderator-elect for the coming year. 
Moderator Lawson closed the con- 
ference with a challenge to the Brethren 
to build the church through obedience, 
dedication, and use of their gifts for the 
kingdom of God. 

— written by Rev. William Brady, 
district secretary 



Lanark Brethren Participate in 
Community's Old Settlers Days 

Lanark, 111. — The pastor and people 
of the Lanark First Brethren Church 
played a prominent p£u^ in Old Settlers 
Days, held in early June in their com- 
munity. 

Rev. Tom Schiefer, pastor of the 
Lanark congregation, dressed in the 
garb of a 19th century preacher, rode a 
white horse in the Old Settlers Day 
parade, held Saturday, June 8. Other 




Children of the Lanark First Brethren Church participate in the parade 
and invite people of their community to "Come Grow in the Lord. " 

16 



Lanark Brethren riding in the parade 
included Deacon Bob and Deaconess 
Sue Michael, dressed in early Brethren 
attire but riding in a modem-day con- 
vertible bearing posters inviting people 
to worship services; and a number of 
children of the church riding in open 
pick-up trucks with banners exhorting 
people to "Come Grow in the Lord." 

The following morning. Pastor 
Schiefer — in the role of Elder John 
Kline, a prominent Brethren preacher 
and leader until his death in 1864 — led 
the Old Settlers Days worship service 
held in the 
Lanark Park. 
Pastor Schiefer 
first gave a his- 
torical over- 
view of Kline's 
times and a 
biographical 
sketch of Kline 
himself, then 
concluded with 
a message tak- 
en from the 
pages of Kline's 
diary. Kline, a 
Virginian who 
was suspected 
of being a 



Union sympathizer because of his re- 
fusal to take sides in the Civil War, was 
ambushed and killed on June 15, 1864. 
— reported by Sue Michael, corres- 
sponding secretary 




Elder John Kline (nlhis Pcustor Tom Schiefer) 
with his trusty steed. Photo by Libberton 

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UPDATE 



Linwood Brethren Church Dedicates 
Playground Equipment for Children 



Linwood, Md. — A dedication service 
for playground equipment held Sunday, 
July 7, climaxed many months of plan- 
ning at the Linwood Brethren Church. 

The need for such equipment surfaced 
in a planning session in which the 
physical needs of the chiirch were being 
considered. A Development Committee 
was appointed to deal with these needs, 
out of which a sub-committee (Dave 
Keefer, Buzz Sandberg, Robert and 
Diana Dixon, and Pastor Robert Kep- 
linger) was formed to focus on the "Tot 
Lot" (playground equipment area). 

The children and youth of the Lin- 
wood Church set a goal of raising $1,000 
for this project. While this was in 
process, Ronnie Yingling, a long-time 
resident of Linwood, died of leukemia at 
the age of 40. An anonymous gift in his 
memory provided the necessary funds 
to complete the project. The playground 
equipment is dedicated in memory of 
Ronnie Yingling. 

Participants in the dedication seirvice 
were Wayne Lowman, moderator of the 

Carmel, Muncie, and Oakville 
Churches Sponsor Mission Fair 

Muncie, Ind. — The Carmel, Muncie, 
and Oakville Brethren Churches jointly 
sponsored a Mission Fair, held August 
3 at the Muncie Brethren Church. 

The purposes of the fair were to create 
greater mission awareness, to raise 
money for Brethren missions, and to 
provide an opportunity for Christian fel- 
lowship among the Brethren from the 
three churches. 

Each church was responsible for set- 
ting up food booths representing coun- 
tries in which The Brethren Church has 
mission work. Each booth served food of 



The Muncie Brethren Church 
held its vacation Bible school July 
29-August 2, the week of the Mis- 
sion Fair. Missions was the theme 
of the week, and the children 
learned about mission work in 
Malaysia, India, Mexico, Africa, 
and Iraq. Each day the children 
made a "visit" to one of these lands, 
where they experienced the food, 
games, and customs of that region. 
On Friday, Brethren missionaries 
Prasanth and Nirmala Kumar 
were present to give the children 
first-hand information about India. 



superintendent E. Buckey Garver; Buzz 
Sandberg, representing the conmiunity; 
Dennis Yingling, brother of Ronnie; 
Pastor Keplinger; Amanda Wiles, child 
of the church; and the children of the 
church, who sang and also tested the 
new equipment. 

— reported by Pastor Bob Keplinger 



Linwood Church; committee members 
Diana and Robert Dixon; Dave Keefer, 
chairman of the trustees; Sunday school 

Standing 
behind a 
plaque 
dedicating 
the play- 
ground 
equipment 
to the 
memory of 
Ronnie 
Yingling 
are (I. to 
r.) Rick 
Greene, 
Pastor Bob 
Keplinger, 
Amanda 
Wiles, E. 
Buckey Garver, Dave Keefer, Dr. Emanuel "Buzz " Sandberg, and Robert and Diana Dixon. 





Children of the Linwood Church try out the new playground equipment. 



the country it represented, had informa- 
tion about the land and its people, and 
displayed various items from the coun- 
try. The Carmel Church had a booth 
representing Paraguay; the Muncie 
Church had booths for Malaysia, India, 
and Mexico; and the Oakville Church 
had booths for Colombia, Argentina, 
and the U.S.A. (Home Missions). 

In addition to the food booths, there 
were also games from the various mis- 
sion lands. The children also enjoyed 
riding ponies and breaking pinatas. 

Not only was there information about 



October 1991 



missions and mission lands at the fair, 
there were also missionaries present. 
Indian missionaries Rev. K. Prasanth 
and Nirmala Kumar and missionary to 
Argentina Mr. Allen Baer were at the 
fair and spoke about their mission work. 

The fair concluded with an auction of 
baked goods and craft items made by 
members of the three Brethren con- 
gregations. Approximately 125 people 
attended the fair, and $1 ,300 was raised 
for Brethren missions. 

— reported by Wilnia Blzzell, Muncie 
corresponding secretary 

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UPDATE 



Junior Youth Group from Corinth Church 
Completes Third Annual Summer Tour 



Twelve Mile, Ind. — The National 
Brethren Youth Crusaders and the 
Pennsylvania District Crusader team 
were not the only Brethren young 
people on tour this summer. 

The Junior Youth of the Corinth 
Brethren Church pairticipated in their 
third annual summer tour this summer 
presenting the musical "Stars and 
Stripes Sing-a-Long." 

The Junior Youth Sunmier tour in- 
cluded stops at the Twelve Mile Com- 
munity Building for the annual Fourth 
of July Little 500 Lawn Mower Race 
festivities; the Carmel Brethren Church; 
the Peru First Brethren Church for the 
Miami-Cass County Brethren Church 
summer rally; and the Cass County 4-H 
fair vesper service. Following this final 
presentation, the children were given a 
standing ovation by the more than 400 
people in attendance. Also, as part of the 
summer tour, the youth spent a day at 



Indiana Beach going on the various 
rides and enjoying the cool waters of 
Lake Shafer. 

The Junior Youth involved in the tour 
were Stephanie, Wesley, and Duane 
Scott; India and Tai Staller; Elizabeth 
and Sarah Moss; Lesley Arthur; Brian 
Eind Bradley Moon; Zachary, Andy, and 
Danny Williams; Mike and Amanda 
Treon; Bryan Brady; Liberty, Fawn, 
and Freedom Long; and Neil and 
Nathan Schroder. The musical also fea- 
tured Bill Brady as R.W. Blue. Mrs. 
Lynne Brady directed the musical, as- 
sisted by Becky Williams and Shirley 
Easter. 

The musical focused on a group of 
children who are enjoying a day off 
school for a patriotic holiday, but who do 
not know what the holiday means. R.W. 
Blue (which stands for red, white, and 
blue) guides the children on a journey of 
patriotic and religious songs to teach 



them the meaning of freedom, especial- 
ly religious freedom. 

Ultimately, the children sponsor a 
parade to honor veterans who fought for 
our national liberty. At each presenta- 
tion, the veterans in the audience were 
recognized and honored. In addition 
veterans Clifford Wray and George 
Staller from the Corinth Church par- 
ticipated in the musical program. 

The tovir was made possible by sup- 
port from the Corinth Brethren Church 
and from the Parents Tour Committee 
composed of Cindy Scott, Cyrena 
Staller, Bonnie Moss, Carolyn Moon, 
Becky Williams, Julie Schroder, Shari 
Treon, and Kathleen Arthur. This com- 
mittee worked to provide the props, 
staging, lighting, and other essentials 
for a successful tour. 

The Corinth Junior Youth, ranging in 
ages from 5-12, have presented musi- 
cals in five Brethren churches in two 
states and at various community 
events. They represent the timeless 
message of Jesus Christ and a good fu- 
ture for The Brethren Church. 

— written by Pastor William Brady 





At left, Corinth Junior Youth, cast of "Stars and Stripes Sing- 
a-Long. " Above, veteran George Staller receives recognition 
from the children on behalf of all veterans. 



Stephen and Terri Brummett Ordained 
Deacon and Deaconess at Flora Church 

Flora, Ind. — Stephen and Terri Brummett were set apart 
for service as deacon and deaconess in the Flora First 
Brethren Church in an ordination service held Sunday 
afternoon, August 25. 

Rev. Alvin Grumbling, pastor of the Flora Church, and 
Rev. Duane Dickson, pastor of the Huntington, Ind., First 
Brethren Church, conducted the ordination service. 

In addition to their new responsibilities as deacon and 
deaconess, the Brummetts are active in the Flora Church 
in other ways. Stephen is general Sunday school superin- 
tendent and a Sunday school teacher, and both Stephen 
and Terri have been involved with the youth work. 

The Brummietts are also the parents of three children. 
— reported by Mildred Mullendore 

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Deacon couple Terri and Stephen Brummett (c.) with Flora Pastor Alvin 
Grumbling (I.) and Rev. Duane Dickson. Photo by Mildred Mullendore 

The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



Tony Price Completes Summer Ministry 
At Milford, Ind., First Brethren Church 



Milford, Ind. — The Milford First 
Brethren Chvirch was blessed this past 
summer by having Tony Price as a Chil- 
dren and Youth Intern. 

The Milford Brethren were intro- 
duced to Tony, who is a member of The 
Brethren Church in New Lebanon, 
Ohio, through the Summer Crusader 
program. Tony made his first visit to the 
Milford Church with a Crusader Team 
in 1989, then returned again the follow- 
ing summer. In both visits, Tony gave 
evidence of real potential for Christian 
seirvice. 

This summer Tony chose to work in 
the Ohio District camp program rather 
than as a Summer Crusader. But he 
needed something else to do after the 
camping season was over. So he made a 
call to the Milford Church to inquire 
about the possibility of spending the 
balance of the sunmier working their as 
a Youth Intern. 

After some thought, prayer, and dis- 
cussion in the Ministry of Education, 
the Milford congregation decided to step 
out in faith and hire Tony for the rest of 
the summer. 

Tony arrived in Milford on Sunday, 
July 14, and the following morning im- 
mediately began teaching the 5-year- 
olds in vacation Bible school. Following 
this week of VBS, his official duties as 
Children and Youth Intern began. His 
responsibilities included leading Sun- 
day night Bible studies for the Brethren 
Youth in Christ (BYIC); conducting Pri- 

Cerro Gordo Church Dedicates 
New Addition to Its Parsonage 

Cerro Gordo, 111. — A dedication and 
open house were held June 23 for a new 
addition to the parsonage of the Cerro 
Gordo Brethren Church. 

The addition includes two bedrooms, 
two baths, a utility room, family room, 
and garage. Also, a new furnace and an 
air conditioner were installed, and some 
work was done on the older section of 
the house. 

Basic construction and exterior work 
for the addition was done by a contrac- 
tor, and the men of the congregation 
completed the inside — dry wall, paint- 
ing, carpet, etc. Mrs. Betty Benton, wife 
of Pastor Dean Benton, beautifully 
decorated the interior. Construction 
was begun in August 1990 and was com- 
pleted in February of this year. 

— reported by Shirley Powell 

October 1991 




Tony Price 

Photo by Rich Rhodes 

mary Worship on Sunday morning for 
the first, second, and third-graders; and 
planning special activities for the 
various age groups. 

Some of these special activities in- 
cluded: 

• An all-day outing at Indiana Beach 
with the BYIC group. 

• A visit to a local nursing home, where 
Tony and 15 youth from the BYIC 
group conducted a worship service for 
the residents. 

• A "Welcome August" pairty for the 
Junior Youth (4th-6th grades), which 
began at eight o'clock in the evening 
and ended at eleven o'clock the follow- 



ing morning. 

• An outing at a local lake and park for 
the Junior Youth, where they ate sack 
lunches and played games. 

• A miniature golf outing for the sixth 
grade boys. 

In addition to these planned get- 
togethers with the youth, a number of 
the older youth dropped by Tony's office 
during the summer and spent time 
chatting and sharing with him. 

On August 18, Tony's last Sunday at 
Milford for the sum^mer, he and the 
BYIC members took complete charge of 
the morning worship service. The BYIC 
members led the first part of the service, 
then Tony gave the message and con- 
cluded the service with a vocal solo. 

That evening a farewell party was 
given for Tony, including a carry-in 
meal and a short program in his honor. 
A love gift was also received and given 
to Tony as an expression of the church's 
appreciation for him and his service. To 
make the occasion even more special, 
Tony's father, mother, and sister from 
New Lebanon were present for both the 
Sunday morning service and the eve- 
ning farewell. 

On August 19, Tony left Milford and 
returned home, where he prepared to 
return to Ashland University, where he 
is a sophomore this fall, majoring in 
elementary education. Mrs. Judy 
Tinkel, wife of Milford pastor Rev. Paul 
Tinkel, writes, "A part of us went with 
him, and I'm sure he left a great impact 
on all our lives here at Milford First 
Brethren Church." 

"Our prayers for his future are with 
him," Mrs. Tinkel adds. "He was a great 
Intern, and we here at Milford wish him 
well and pray for God's leading in his 
future life." 

— reported by Judy Tinkel 




The Cerro Gordo parsonage. The new addition is the two-story section at the right and also 
the garage. Photo by David Powell 

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UPDATE 



Speakers at Pennsylvania District Conference 
Call for Renaissance and Revival in the Church 



Meyersdale, Pa. — General Confer- 
ence Moderator James Sluss opened 
the Pennsylvania District Conference, 
held July 25-27 at Camp Penial, with a 
challenging message about Renaissance 
in The Brethren Church. 

Noting that renaissance means to be 
bom anew, he said that the big R in 
Renaissance is relationship — a vertical 
relationship with the Lord and a hori- 
zontal relationship with others. Ac- 
knowledging the small size and lack of 
significant growth in The Brethren 
Church, he gave the illustration of a 
caterpillar that spins itself into a cocoon 
and becomes dormant. He asked, "Are 
we dormant?" then declared that God 
can produce something beautiful from 
that which is dormant. He said if we put 
"Go ye" at the center of The Brethren 
Church and show the faith, we will grow. 

In his address to the conference, Penn- 
sylvania District moderator Rev. Randy 
Best spoke about the need for revival in 
The Brethren Church and the need for 
Brethren to show the faith. He said that 
God wants revival from each of us and 



that we need to be willing to pay any 
price to do what God wants us to do. 

Moderator Best also made three rec- 
ommendations to the conference: (1) that 
the district set up a Board of Spiritual 
Life to promote spiritual formation in 
the district; (2) that a feasibility study 
be conducted to determine the possi- 
bility of hiring a person part-time to 
serve as Pennsylvania District Coordi- 
nator; and (3) that Pittsburgh and 
Philadelphia be targeted as Pennsyl- 
vania District Mission Fields with 
funds, resources, and personnel being 
committed to outreach in these cities. 

In response to these recommenda- 
tions, conference delegates approved 
recommendations from the district ex- 
ecutive committee: (1) that a special 
committee be appointed by the execu- 
tive committee to begin implementing 
the first recommendation and to report 
their progress to the 1992 conference; 
(2) that the second recommendation be 
referred to the Executive Committee 
and that a report of the results of its 
study be given to the 1992 conference; 



Arthur Gay, Jr., Named 
To Head World Relief 

Chicago, 111. — Dr. Arthtir Evans Gay, 
Jr., has been named as the new execu- 
tive director and chief executive officer 
of World Re- 
lief, the in- 
ternational 
assistance 
airm of the 
National 
Association 
of Evangeli- 
cals (NAE), 
the agency 
through 
which 

Brethren World Relief contributions 
are channeled to needy areas of the 
world. 

Dr. Gay, a past president of the Na- 
tional Association of Evangelicals and 
most recently senior minister at South 
Park Church in Park Ridge, 111., suc- 
ceeds Dr. Jerry Ballard, who recently 
stepped down as executive director after 
13 years of distinguished service. 

Upon hearing of Gay's appointment, 
Ballard expressed his full and active 
support for his successor, calling him 
"an experienced leader whose holistic 
theology is expressed in words and con- 

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firmed in actions." "Not only has [Art 
Gay] been a close friend and confidant 
to me," Ballard continued, "he has per- 
sonally been exposed to the heartbreak- 
ing physical and spiritual realities of 
our convulsing world." 

Dr. Gay has worked on behalf of the 
poor through his church, as a past board 
member of World Relief, and as chair- 
man of the American Board of Directors 
for the India Rural Evangelical Fellow- 
ship (IREF) since 1984. 

In a desire to "serve the larger Chris- 
tian community in a significant way," 
Gay has led Chicagoland churches in a 
progressive ministry to poverty-strick- 
en people in 200 villages in India — 
including care for 100 orphans; support 
of 80 evangelists; and disaster response 
following the killer cyclone that hit the 
Bay of Bengal during May 1990, leaving 
5 million people homeless. 

"I £mi excited about the opportunity of 
continuing to serve the church through 
World Relief, where all assistance of- 
fered to suffering people is delivered 
through an evangelical global network 
of churches affiliated with the NAE," 
Gay said about his selection. "I can think 
of no more rewarding challenge than to 
save lives . . . for now and for eternity." 

Brethren may remember Dr. Gay as 
the inspirational speaker for the 1987 
General Conference. 



and (3) that the district mission board 
designate Urban Mission Fields and su- 
pervise the use of funds, materials, and 
resources to reach these Mission Fields. 
Other items of note about the con- 
ference: 

• Mrs. Linda Barr was installed as Dis- 
trict Youth Coordinator in the Penn- 
sylvania District. 

• Elections resulted in the following 
conference officers for the coming 
year: Bill Yoder, moderator-elect; Kay 
Miller, secretary; Grace Grumbling, 
asst. secretary; Jerry Radcliff, treas- 
urer; Pat Pyne, asst. treasurer; Nor- 
man Grumbling, Jr., statistician. Rev. 
Gerald Barr, this year's moderator- 
elect, is the new moderator. 

• The district mission board reported 
that the Home Mission church at Sar- 
ver will soon be self-supporting, with 
support from the national Missionary 
Board almost finished and district 
support to be phased out in two years. 
The board is continuing to look for 
places to plant a new church. 

• Brethren missionary Rev. Prasanth 
Kumar shared with the conference 
his concerns for the people in India. 
He said that there are 3,000 baptized 
members in the Brethren Mission in 
India, and that 6,000 regularly attend 
worship. He outlined the social and 
cultural problems the people of India 
face when they become Christians, 
and appealed for continued prayers, 
letters, supplies, and support. 

• Delegates voted an increase of $2.00 
in the district apportionment to pro- 
vide funding for the new position of 
District Youth Coordinator and to 
cover a small increase to the various 
district boards. 

• Barbara Hess, speaker for a worship 
service led by the W.M.S., told how 
God used various people in her life to 
lead her to Him and said that God 
wants to use us to speak to others. 
Claiming that we do not fail if we do 
what God tells us to do, she chal- 
lenged her hearers to "Go and make a 
difference." 

• Moderator-elect Gerald Barr re- 
minded the conference in his address 
that the Pennsylvania District is in- 
volved in two pilot programs for the 
denomination, the District Crusader 
FVogram and the District Youth Coor- 
dinator. He also urged the Brethren 
to seize the day for Christ and to do 
what is important. 

A total of 56 lay and 12 ministerial 
delegates registered for the conference. 
The 1992 Conference is scheduled for 
July 23-25 at Camp Penial. 

— Written by the editor from district 
secretary Grace Grumbling's minutes 

The Brethren Evangelist 




Little Crusader 

Jesus said, **Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven*' (Matt. 19:14). 



FIXING THE SIN PROBLEM 

us Every year in September or October, Jewish people 

around the world celebrate their most holy day of the 

year. It is called Yom Kippur. This day is described in 

chapter 1 6 of the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament. 

\^n this chapter, God told Moses how to break down the 
•wall of sin that was between God and His people. 

Sin is breaking God's rules, big rules and small ones. We break God's rules acciden- 
tally, and sometimes we even break them on purpose when we are angry or hurt, or 
when we just want something too much. 

Sin is a problem. It is like a great big wall between us and God. What should God 
do to people who keep breaking His rules over and over? God loves us. And we love 
God. But we can't seem to keep His rules. This is a problem! God had to find a way that 
the requirements of His law could be met and yet make it possible for His people to be 
close to Him. 

Yom Kippur was set up by God as part of an old agreement to fix that sin problem 
tem p oraril y. On this holy day the high priest would get two perfect goats. He would take 
one into the holiest part of God's temple (which was a tent at that time). This goat would 
take the punishment for all the sins of the people. It would be killed in a special way. The 
high priest would take the other goat, lay his hands on it, and pray all of the sins of the 
people onto that goat. The goat would then be taken outside of the town and chased far 
away, taking the sins of the people with it. 

In the book of Hebrews, some of the Jewish people who had become Christians are 
told that this OLD agreement was just a shadowy picture of a real and better NEW 
agreement that God had made with His people. The new agreement fixes the sin problem 
for g ood , and makes a way for us to get close to God, even though we are still not perfect. 
Look up the verses below in a Good News Bible. Find out how the new agreement is 
different from the old agreement. Fill in the blanks. 



OLD AGREEMENT (Testament) 



and 




were sacrificed year 
after year. 
(Hebrews 10:3-4) 



The sacrifices were made by a high 
priest who, like us, also sins and is not 
perfect. 

People can't seem to obey all of God's 
rules in the old agreement. 




NEW AGREEMENT (Testament) 



Sacrifice of Jesus " 
and for all." 
(Hebrews 10:10-12) 



A permanent Priest who was 
tempted but did NOT . 

(Hebrews 4:14-15) 



God will put His law in our 

and write them on our 

(Hebrews 8:10-12) 



October 1991 



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UPDATE 



Senior Brethren Enjoy Variety of Activities 
At Northern Indiana Golden Age Retreat 



Shipshewana, Ind. — Forty-six 
Brethren of the Indiana District en- 
joyed a time of worship, Bible study, 
games, entertainment, and fellowship 
at the Golden Age Retreat of Northern 
Indiana held August 26-29 at the 
Brethren Retreat Center at Lake Ship- 
shewana. 

The daily schedule included morning 
watch, with Verna Randall, Virgil 
Bamhart, and Fred Snyder in charge; 
Bible study, led by Clarence Kindley 
and Duane Dickson; and evening ves- 
pers, conducted by John Long and 
Glenn Grumbling. 

In addition to these daily sessions, 
there were also several special services: 
Rev. Herb Gilmer conducted a memorial 
service in honor of Mr. Everett Miller, 
Rev. St. Clair Benshoff, and Rev. Austin 
Gable, who passed away during the past 
year. Rev. and Mrs. Prasanth Kumar 
and Rev. Jim Black led a session on 
missions, at which a mission offering 
totaling $600 was received. The film Cry 
on the Mountain was shown and ap- 
preciated. Taking charge of the music 
for the veirious services were Mrs. Edna 
Kindley, Rev. Edgar Berkshire, and 
Rev. Glenn Grumbling. 

Some lighter programs were also a 



part of the retreat. On Tuesday morn- 
ing. Rev. Jim Sluss and Rev. Marlin 
McCann entertained the group with a 



teams com.peting. The tournament was 
won by the team of Herb Gilmer, Mary 
Ellen Miller, and Virgil Bamhart, each 
of whom received a new car as a prize 
(you'll have to ask them what kind!). 

An election of officers was held, with 
Herb and Evelyn Gilmer, Clarence and 
Edna Kindley, and Edgar and Eva 




Participants in the Northern Indiana Golden Age Retreat. 



"Guess What" program and singing. On 
Wednesday evening the seniors enjoyed 
a comedy hour given by Roy Gilmer 
(brother of Herb) and Roy's wife, 
Wanda. Skits were also presented by 
various members of the group. Helen 
Gillis led a variety program and Irma 
Riddle was in charge of a craft time, 
which were enjoyed by all. 

A continuing event during the retreat 
was a croquet tournament, with seven 



Berkshire all re-elected to serve for 
another year. 

According to reporters Evelyn Gilmer 
and Helen Gillis, those who attended 
the retreat had a great time and look 
forward to next year's retreat. The 
group expressed its special thanks to 
Gary and Molly Cotter for their help and 
the good food. 

— reported by Evelyn Gilmer 
and Helen Gillis 



Skeldons Honored at Oak Hill 
For Their 18 Years of Service 

Oak Hill, W. Va. — Pastor William 
Skeldon and his wife, Gene, were 
honored September 8 by the Oak Hill 
Brethren Church for their 18 years of 
service to the Oak Hill congregation. 

The Skeldons were honored during 
the morning worship service, when Sun- 
day school superintendent Lois Hall pre- 
sented them a white silk rose bouquet 



in a golden vase. Rev. Skeldon is the 
22nd pastor of the Oak Hill congrega- 
tion and holds the record for the longest 
term of pastoral service at the church. 

As a further expression of their ap- 
preciation for Pastor and Mrs. Skeldon, 
the Oak Hill Brethren surprised the 
couple with a reception the following 
Sunday evening (September 15) in 



recognition of their 41st wedding an- 
niversary. Jeanne and Paul Fox and 
June Allen were in charge of the prep- 
arations for the reception.. 

"All of us at the church are truly 
grateful for Bill and Gene [and] for their 
faithful and devoted service," said 
reporter R. Rogusky. 

— reported by R. Rogusky 




Oak Hill Church Aids Member 
Needing Pancreas Transplant 

Oak Hill, W. Va. — Members of the 
Oak Hill First Brethren Church ob- 
served July 21 as "Jamie Fox Sunday," 
in support of one of their members. 

On that day the Oak Hill Brethren 
raised $1,873.55 for Fox, who is in need 
of a pancreas transplant costing 
$25,000. The young people of the church 
also contacted some local businesses 
and raised over $200 more. 

Fox, 30, who is married and has four 
children, has suffered diabetes since he 
was 11. Six years ago he had eye sur- 
gery, and on August 8 of this year he 
underwent a kidney transplant. Both he 
and his sister, Pam Fox Vance, the kid- 



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ney donor, came through the surgery 
well, and the kidney is functioning well. 

But Fox still needs a pancreas trans- 
plant. He has not worked since 1985 and 
has no private insurance. Medicare paid 
for the kidney transplant, but because 
the pancreas transplant is considered 
experimental surgery, neither Medi- 
care nor Medicaid will pay for it. 

The Fox family has exhausted its re- 
sources. Therefore the church and com- 
munity are seeking to help out. A fund- 
raising account has been set up in a local 
bank dedicated to the cost of his pan- 
creas operation. Thus far, more than 
$15,000 has been received. Anyone car- 
ing to contribute may send a donation to 
the "Jamie Fox Fund," c/o Merchants 
and Miners Bank, Oak Hill, WV 25901. 
— reported by R. Rogusky 

The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



From 
The 




Grape 
Vine 




Beulah Ridenour was honored with an 
open house July 6 at the Bryan, Ohio, First 
Brethren Church on the occasion of her 
100th birthday. Mrs. 
Ridenour, who still 
maintains her own 
home, is the oldest ac- 
tive member of the Bry- 
an congregation. She at- 
tends Sunday school 
and worship regularly 
and is also involved in 
W.M.S. Two daughters 
and one granddaughter are deaconesses in 
the Bryan Church, and a grandson. Dr. Jack 
Oxenrider, is a Brethren elder. 

Dr. Mary Ellen Drushal, academic dean 
of Ashland Theological Seminary and the 
1990 General Conference Moderator, was 
one of six women recemtnly named "Women 
of Achievement" for 1991 in Ashland 
County. Dr. Drushal was presented the 
"Leadership Award" for her outstanding 
career achievement in education. 

In Memory 

Darlene Shafer, 65, September 7. Member since 
1936 of the Falls City First Brethren Church, 
where she served as pianist and organist. Services 
by Pastor Curt Nies. 

Andrew Fox, 62, September 4. Member of the 
Milford First Brethren Church. Services by Pas- 
tor Paul Tinkel. 

Mary M. Miller, 84, September 3. Member for 
more than 1 8 years of the Oak Hill First Brethren 
Church. Services by Pastor Bill Skeldon. 
Ilean Welch, 92, August 28. Member of the 
Masontown Brethren Church. Services by Pastor 
Russell C. King. 

Dennis R. Stoner, 45, August 21. Member and 
deacon of the Lanark First Brethren Church, 
where he also served as a Sunday school teacher. 
Services by Pastor Tom Schiefcr. 
Frank D. Brovver, 9 1 , August 20. Member of the 
Flora First Brethren Church. Services by Pastor 
Alvin Grumbling. 

Dailey C. Mongold, 74, August 18. Member of 
the Mathias Brethren Church, where he had 
served as Sunday sch(X)l superintendent and trus- 
tee. Services by Pastor Jerry Fike, Rev. John 
Ware, and Rev. Tony Hills. 
Richard McMillen, 67, August 17. Friend of the 
Milford First Brethren Church. Services by Pas- 
tor Paul Tinkel. 
Mary V. Cullers, 92, August 16. Member of the 

October 1991 



Mathias Brethren Church. Services by Pastor 
Jerry Fike and Rev. Kenneth Phares. 
Esther Kizer, 78, August 16. Member for 50 
years and deaconess of the Burlington First 
Brethren Church, where she was also active in 
the W.M.S. and served as W.M.S. secretary. 
Services by Pastor David Benshoff 
Marjorie Hoak, 82, July 24. Member of the 
Lanark First Brethren Church. Services by Jeff 
Whiteside. 

Henry McC arty, 74, July 2. Memberof the West 
Alexandria First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Dave Oligee. 

Joe Sallee, 80, June 14. Member of the Kokomo 
First Brethren Church and attended the Bur- 
lington First Brethren Church. Services by Rev. 
David Cooksey. 

Note: In the obituary for Rev. W. St. Clair 
Benshofl* in last month's issue, the following 
information was inadvertently omitted: His 
funeral service was held at the Ashland Park 
Street Brethren Church on Friday afternoon, 
August 5, with Pastor Arden Gilmer officiating. 
A memorial service was also held at the Berlin, 
Pa., Brethren Church (where Rev. Benshoff was 
serving as interim pastor at the time of his death) 
on Sunday morning, August 18, with Rev. David 
Cooksey in charge. 

Weddings 

Sandy Hepler to Ron Harnish, September 21, 
at the Vandergrift Pleasant View Brethren 
Church; Pastor R. Keith Hensley officiating. 
Members of the Pleasant View Brethren Church. 
Kimberly Dawn Chapman to Todd Allen 
Hagerich, September 14, at the Vinco Brethren 
Church; Pastor Carl Phillips officiating. Bride a 
member of the Smoky Row Brethren Church; 
groom a member of the Vinco Brethren Church. 
Jana Lee Warner to Robert Franklin Ander- 
son, September 8, at the North Manchester First 
Brethren Church; Pastors Marlin McCann and 
Woodrow Immel officiating. Bride a member of 
the North Manchester First Brethren Church. 
Gwen Givens to Alan Nulph, August 31, in 
Bridgeport, Ohio. Groom a member of the Sarver 
Brethren Church. 

Celeste Renee Baker to Patrick Boyd Foley, 
August 24, at the Vinco Brethren Church; Pastor 
Carl Phillips officiating. Bride a member of the 
Vinco Brethren Church. 

Shauna Carnahan to Robert Draxinger, Jr., 
August 1 7; Rev. Gerald Barr, pastor of the Sarver 
Brethren Church, officiating. Bride and groom 
attend the Sarver Brethren Church. 
Amber Renee Turner to Ricky Lin Napier, Jr., 
August 17, at the West Alexandria First Brethren 
Church; Pastor Dave Oligee officiating. Groom 
a member of the West Alexandria First Brethren 
Church. 

Dominique Hutchison to Scott Summers, 
August 3, at the Milledgeville Brethren Church; 
Pastor Ken Sullivan officiating. Bride a member 
of the Milledgeville Brethren Church; groom a 
member of the St. James Brethren Church. 
Sharilyn Rene Rodecap to Duane Lee Spohn, 
August 3, at the Loree Brethren Church; Rev. 
Ronald L. Waters, uncle of the grcxim, officiat- 
ing. Grcx)in a member of the Loree Brelliren 
Church. 
Deborah Lynn Arnold to Mark Andrew Wat- 



son, July 30, at the West Alexandria First 
Brethren Church; Pastor Dave Oligee officiating. 
Bride a former member of the West Alexandria 
First Brethren Church. 

Janice Shoff to Shawn Ward, July 20, at the 
Flora First Brethren Church; Pastor Alvin 
Grumbling officiating. Bride a member of the 
Flora First Brethren Church. 
Dolores Jean Mitchell to Darin Lee Moore, 
July 6, at the West Alexandria First Brethren 
Church; Pastor Dave Oligee officiating. Mem- 
bers of the West Alexandria First Brethren 
Church. 

Shannon Thomas to David Cuthbert, July 5, at 
the Cheyenne Brethren Church; Rev. Albert O. 
Curtright, bride's grandfather, and Pastor G. 
Emery Hurd officiating. Bride a member of the 
Cheyenne Brethren Church. 
Patricia Ann Fry to Robert Michael Bub, June 
22, in Eaton, Ohio; Rev. Dave Oligee, pastor of 
the West Alexandria First Brethren Church, 
officiating. Bride a member of the West Alexan- 
dria First Brethren Church. 
Rebecca Sue KaufTman to Jerry L. Whitmore, 
June 8, at Ashland Brookside Park; Dr. Arden E. 
Gilmer, pastor of the Ashland Park Street 
Brethren Church officiating. Bride a member of 
Park Street Brethren Church. 
Kimberly Jo Wagoner to John Paul 
Howenstine, June 8, at the Park Street Brethren 
Church; Park Street Pastor Arden E. Gilmer and 
Canton Trinity Pastor Dale RuLon officiating. 
Bride a member of the Elkhart First Brethren 
Church, groom a member of the Canton Trinity 
Brethren Church, and both attended Park Street 
Brethren Church while students at Ashland 
University. 

Goldenaires 

Merle and Myrtle Heck, 60th, October 15. 
Members of the Dayton Hillcrest Brethren 
Church. 

Frank R. and Helen Conrad, 50th, September 
7. Members and deacon and deaconess of the 
North Manchester First Brethren Church. 
Paul and Maxine Burton, 50th, August 9. 
Members of the North Manchester First Brethren 
Church. 

Robert and Helen Rassi, 50th, June 28. Mem- 
bers of the Milford First Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Flora: 1 by baptism 

Loree: 1 by baptism 

Valley: 5 by baptism 

Muncie: 2 by baptism 

Oakville: 6 by baptism 

Raystown: 4 by baptism 

Masontown: 3 by baptism 

Milledgeville; 1 by transfer 

New Lebanon: 4 by baptism 

Pleasant View: 1 by baptism 

Elkhart: 3 by bapti.sm, 1 by transfer 

Warsaw: 2 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

Ardmore: 1 by baptism, 2 by transfer 

St. James: 4 by baptism, 2 by transfer 

Burlington: 1 by bapti.sm, 4 by transfer 

Bethlehem: 2 by baptism, 2 by reclamation 

West Alexandria: 13 by baptism, 9 by transfer 

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Developing a Global Vision 




Let's Have an Open House 



MY WIFE'S UNCLE from Ven- 
ezuela dropped in unexpec- 
tedly during a business trip to the 
U.S. After his meetings ended in 
Texas, Nestor spent several days 
with us in Miami. 

Nestor's exuberant personality 
brightened our home, and through 
him we also learned more about 
Venezuela and the people there. 

The time zipped past, and after 
Nestor flew back to Caracas, it 
suddenly occurred to us: Had we 
asked him if he had any dirty 
clothes? It may sound like a trivial 
question, but any missionary or ex- 
perienced traveler will tell you 
that laundry can become a make- 
or-break issue on the road. 

One veteran missionary told me" 
about a furlough visit he had with 
a dear couple in the U.S. Down to 
his last unsoiled shirt and pair of 
socks, he finally heard his hostess 
ask, "Paul, do you have any clothes 
to be washed?" Overcome with 
relief, the missionary could only 
gush, "Oh, I thought you would 
never ask!" 

The ministry of hospitality 

Before this starts sounding like a 
detergent ad, I must explain that 
washing clothes is a small part of 
a very important and often under- 
appreciated ministry: hospitality. 

The Bible exhorts every Christian 
to practice hospitality (Romans 
12:13; 1 Peter 4:9). But some peo- 
ple do seem to have the gift. More 
than that, through constant prac- 
tice, they make hospitality an art. 

In world missions, hospitality 



plays a particularly important 
role. Since the days of the Apostle 
Paul, itinerant missionaries have 
depended upon the gracious care of 
host families, who share their 
homes and lives. 

A win-win situation 

Many of you readers have 
opened your spare bedrooms or 
sleep sofas to visiting missionaries. 
Or you've had them over for meals. 
You have encouraged them, and 
(hopefully) they have encouraged 
you. Generally speaking, missions 
hospitality is a win-win situation. 

It's like the story of Elisha and 
the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 
4). The woman convinced her hus- 
band of the value of hosting the 
traveling prophet on his occasional 
trips through town. So they added 
a room on the roof of their house 
and thoughtfully furnished it with 
a bed, table, chair, and lamp. The 
weary prophet benefited from the 
couple's hospitality, and the couple 
likewise profited from the presence 
of this "holy man of God," as the 
woman called him. 

Hospitality — especially of the 
cross-cultural variety — is never 
dull and always rewarding. 

A friend from Ghana had just 
arrived in the United States to at- 
tend Bible college, and his stomach 
growled prior to his first meal in 
the U.S. "Nicholas, would you like 
hot dogs?" his hosts asked. 

Visions of a roasting canine 
pranced in his head, so Nicholas 
demurred. "No, I'll just have some 
coffee, thank you." 



As the meal progressed, the 
couple insisted, "Please, can't we 
serve you some hot dogs?" Nicholas 
stuck to his coffee. 

For his first meal at Bible college, 
Nicholas was again confronted by 
the ssLme pagan dish. He could no 
longer contain himself. "What's the 
matter with you Americans? Why 
do you eat dogs all the time?" 

"Hospitality — especially 
of the cross-cultural 
variety — is never dull 
and always rewarding. ** 

During my travels as a mission- 
ary journalist in North and Latin 
America, I have been absolutely 
awed and humbled by the gener- 
ous example of host families. One 
California couple, upon learning 
miy family would be in town while 
they were on vacation, gave us the 
keys to their house and car, offered 
the contents of their refrigerator, 
and left their Christian video club 
membership card on the night table. 

In a much different context, poor 
Latin families have invited me for 
meals, insisting that I eat the only 
egg or the biggest piece of meat, 
even if it meant that they or their 
children would have to do without. 

These experiences became 
powerful object lessons to me of 
the importance and meaning of 
Christian hospitality. 

Missed blessings 

When the pastor says, "We need 
someone to host Joe Smith, our 
guest missionary," we may back 
off. We mistakenly think our house 
isn't good enough, our food is too 
plain, or we won't know what to 
talk about. In the process, we miss 
a blessing. Or maybe our children 
miss their only real opportunity to 
spend time with a "real live" mis- 
sionary and the chance to learn 
about God's work and people con- 
tinents away. 

By the way, I just returned from 
a two- week trip to Peru. At the end 
of the first week, my host not only 
offered to wash my clothes, she 
even went an extra 10 miles and 
ironed my T-shirts! The next time 
my wife's uncle visits, we will ask 
him about his laundry, but we 
might not go quite that far. [j] 

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Features 

A Hymn of Thanksgiving Born of Troubled Times 4 

By Lynne and William Brady 

In the midst of great suffering, this German hymn writer was still able 

to pour out his thanks to God. 

For Lack of a Ramp! by Bonnie Munson 5 

How many people are kept out of our churches because we have not 
made it possible for them to get in? 

What Did You Say? by Charles Munson 7 

Penetrating questions about our verbal relationships with those inside 
and those outside the church. 

Workers for the Harvest by Dan Lawson 10 

Part one of a series of articles evaluating selected spiritual gifts im- 
plementation programs. 



Ministry Pages 

Building for the Future Through Home Missions 

by Russell Gordon 

Tentmakers and More by David Stone 

A Mountain View Experience by diaries Beekley 

A True High by David West 

A Special Call for Prayer 

A Holy Adventure by Daniel Rosales 

You Can Help Build the Church 



Home Missions 
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Departments 

Developing a Global Vision 2 

By John Maust 

Defining Our Priorities 11 

by Ronald W. Waters 

Update 18 



Children's Page 21 

by Erica Weidenhamer 

From the Grape Vine 23 

Cartoon 23 



Also in this issue: The Woman's Outlook Newsletter for November/ 
December is stapled into the middle of this issue of the Evangelist. It can 
be easily removed by those wishing to do so. 



Answers to Little Crusader Page: 

You are to provide the answers this month. We hope that you found many 
things for which to thank God. 




A Hymn of 
Thanksgiving 
Bom of 
Troubled Times 

By Lynne and William Brady 



THE YEAR 
was 1636. 
Martin Rinkart, 
archdeacon of the 
only remaining church in Eilen- 
berg, Saxony, a northern German 
province, emerged from his home. 
He raised his eyes to the sky: was 
it cloudy and overcast or sunny 
and bright? Lowering his eyes, he 
gazed upon his beloved city, and 
when he saw again the terrible 
suffering there, he quickly forgot 
the weather. 

Rinkart's own frail frame gave 
evidence of the difficulties of 
recent days. War continued as it 
had for the previous 18 years. It 
seemed as though there was no 
end to the conflict, despite an ap- 
parent peace in 1627. The land- 
scape was still overrun by battle- 
weary soldiers, who had now lost 
or forgotten the purpose for the 
fight. 

Ravages of war 

Refugees filled the walled cities 
of Eilenberg, seeking shelter, food, 
and most of all protection from the 

Mrs. Brady is organist and Rev. 
Brady is pastor at the Corinth 
Brethren Church of Twelve Mile, Ind. 
This article was written at the request 
of the Worship Commission, of which 
Mrs. Brady is a member. 



savagery of war. 
Of course, none 
of this was to 
be found. Food 
supplies were 
exhausted 
and homes had 
ansacked by 
diers who had 
ng of value. 
Eilenberg had endured three at- 
tacks, two by the Swedes and one 
by the Austrians. Now the Swedes 
had control, and their leaders were 
demanding 30 thousand thallers in 
taxes. It might as well have been 
30 million, for the town had no 
money. What it did have was a 
burgeoning population that was 
facing sickness, pestilence, starva- 
tion, and death. 

Alone to serve 

Some members of the clergy had 
died, while others had fled the 
town seeking safer pastures for 
service. Rinkart alone was left to 
serve these desperate people. He 
really did not mind being alone, 
however, for Eilenberg was home. 
He had been born here. He was 
later educated at the University of 
Leipzig, where he became a 
scholar and a cantor. He had held 
four pastoral appointments and 
had written more than 66 hymns. 
Nevertheless, he was excited when 
the opportunity came for him to 
return home to Eilenberg. 

Now all that seemed long past in 
the face of daily suffering, tragedy, 
and death. His ministry was en- 
gulfed by sadness, grief, and above 
all, funerals. Rinkart performed 



anywhere from 40 to 50 funerals a 
day. 

As Rinkart walked to his study, 
words from the Apocrypha, per- 
haps words he had read during his 
morning devotions and personal 
worship, crept into his conscious- 
ness. "Now therefore bless ye the 
God of all, which only doeth won- 
drous things everywhere ... he 
grants us joyfulness of heart and 
that peace may be in our days . . . 
that he would confirm his mercy 
with us and deliver us at his time!" 
(Ecclesiasticus 50:22-24) 

A hymn is born 

The chorister in Rinkart began 
to take over. Lines to a hymn 
formed in his mind. He penned 
these words: 

Now thank we all our God 
With heart and liands and 

voices, 
Whx) wondrous things hath 

done, 
In whom His world rejoices; 
Who, from our mother's arms. 
Hath blessed us on our way 
With countless gifts of love. 
And still is ours today. 

The verse emphasizes an at- 
titude of thankfulness to God, who 
blesses His creation even in the 
midst of war, tragedy, and suffer- 
ing. Rinkart focused on the God 
who is worthy of thanks and wor- 
ship despite earth's troubled condi- 
tions. 

The writing of thanksgiving 
moved to a prayer for hurting 
people: 

(continued on page 6) 

The Brethren Evangelist 



For Lack of a Ramp! 



By Bonnie Munson 



THOSE OF YOU who 
have been to Ashland 
recently may have seen 
the new ramp added to 
the Park Street Brethren 
Church building. Oh, what 
a beautiful sight! 

It is difficult to put in- 
to words what that ramp 
means to me. 

Park Street is my home 
church. The people in that 
congregation have nur- 
tured me, supported me, 
encouraged me, and loved 
me. The foundations of my 
faith come from my home 
and from the people in 
that church. I will always 
be grateful! 

For many years I was 
carried up and down the 
stairs in that church 
building in my wheel 
chair to attend worship 
services and Sunday school there. 
But then a few years ago I said, 
"No more." I was no longer willing 
to be carried when I returned to 
Ashland for visits from my present 
home in St. Petersburg, Fla. So I 
no longer entered the church. 

Being carried up a flight of stairs 
can be a frightening experience. 
Having someone lift me up steps in 
my wheelchair involved awkward 
positions causing very scary feel- 
ings. I always had to be carried up 
backwards, which was disorienting 
and gave me an uneasy sense of 
being out of control. Being carried 
downstairs felt even worse. First, 

Ms. Munson lives in St. Petersburg, 
Fla., where she is a member of the St. 
Petersburg Brethren Church and a 
team member of Brethren House Minis- 
tries. She has been in a wheelchair 
since age 7 as a result of polio. She 
wrote this article at tfie request of the 
Social Responsibilities Commission. 

November 1991 








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The ramp at Park Street Brethren Church was built by Doug Mills, chair of the Church 
Facilities Ministry. Note the large level platform at the top of the ramp. There is also a level 
area at the far right where the ramp makes a turn. 



the chair had to be tipped back, so 
that I could not even see the steps. 
My life was literally in the hands 
of two other people. 

My loving father carried me up 
and down thousands of steps with- 
out incident, but he couldn't al- 
ways be there. Other men who 
carried me through the years were 
strong and caring. They wouldn't 
have hurt me for the world. But 
things happen. 

One time a carrier's shoe came 
off and he lost his balance, which 
sent shock waves through me in 
the chair and to the man on the 
front end. When they got their 
balance back and we made it to the 
top, our hearts were pounding! We 
breathed a shaky sigh of relief that 
we had made it safely. 

Not just at church, but in many 
places I had to deal with my fear 
of being carried. Once the man in 
back tripped and sat down hard on 
the step, which tipped me back- 



ward so that I was facing the ceil- 
ing and threw the man in front off 
balance. Until the man in back 
stood up and restored balance, I 
was hanging in mid-air, wondering 
if anyone was in control of the 
situation. I was terrified! 

Still another time, when I was 
sitting at the foot of the stairs, 
there was a mis-communication. 
The man in front picked up my 
feet and tilted me backward before 
the man in back was ready, which 
tipped me back to the point that I 
hit my head on a cement step. 

In addition to the fear of being 
transported up and down steps, I 
always felt the indignity of the 
situation. My self-esteem slipped a 
notch each time I had to be car- 
ried. I always had to go into 
church backwards. And there was 
that disturbing feeling that I was a 
package, not a person. 

Feelings that these memories 
evoke continued to assault me 



whenever I was lifted up steps. In 
fact, my heart races, my stomach 
knots, and tears flow even now 
when I recall those times. 

I finally said, "Enough! No more!" 
My fear overwhelmed my desire to 
participate in the services of the 
church. 

But that decision didn't feel good. 
The reality was, for lack of a ramp 
I could no longer participate in 
worship or Sunday school. 

For lack of a ramp, I couldn't at- 
tend women's meetings in the par- 
lor, go to special musical presenta- 
tions, Christmas eve services, wed- 
dings, or funerals. 

For lack of a ramp, the gifts I 
had been given to be used in the 
church were silenced. 

And then they built this beauti- 
ful ramp! Oh, what a joy! On a 
recent visit, I rolled up the ramp, 
went through the door forward, 
and entered the church. I was 



overwhelmed with emotion. Tears 
blvirred my vision and the words of 
gratitude would not come. I felt I 
had been welcomed back home 
again. It was good to 
be home! 

My story could be 
told by many, many 
other people who de- 
pend on wheelchairs 
for mobility. In fact, 
steps are difficult for 
a lot of people. Steps 
can be painful for 
someone with arthri- 
tis or exhausting for 
someone with limited 
energy. Steps present 
a high risk for falling, 
and for many older 
folks fear of falling 
and thoughts of the 
resulting pain and 
restrictions can be 
overwhelming. 



I would encourage you to think 
about your congregation and com- 
munity: Who is on the outside of 
your church for lack of a ramp? [f] 



Tips to Remember 
If Your Church Builds a Ramp 

• The ramp should be 12 inches long for every 1 inch 
of height. 

• Place a platform at the top of the ramp to allow the 
wheelchair to turn and enter the door. If the door 
swings out, be sure there is enough clearance for the 
chair to go around it. 

• If steps will be coming off the side of the ramp at 
some point, be sure there is plenty of platform so the 
wheelchair doesn't have to go precariously close to 
the edge of the steps. 

• For more information, see the Social Responsibilities 
Resource List prepared by the Social Responsibil- 
ities Commission and distributed at 1991 General 
Conference (also available from the National Office). 
See "Disabilities" on pages 9-10 for resources to 
help create a welcoming atmosphere in your church. 



A Hymn of Thanksgiving 

(continued from page 4) 
O may this bounteous God, 
Through all our life be near us. 
With ever joyful hearts 
And